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Audiobook Review: Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked #3)

Published September 27th 2022

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Narrator: Marisa Calin

Audiobook Length: 13 hours 2 minutes

Two curses.
One prophecy.
A reckoning all have feared.

And a love more powerful than fate. All hail the king and queen of Hell.

Emilia is reeling from the shocking discovery that her twin sister, Vittoria, is alive. But before she faces the demons of her past, Emilia yearns to claim her king, the seductive Prince of Wrath, in the flesh. Emilia doesn’t simply desire his body, she wants his heart and soul—but that’s something the enigmatic demon can’t promise her.

When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, Emilia and Wrath are drawn to the rival demon court. Damning evidence points to Vittoria as the murderer and she’s quickly declared an enemy of the Seven Circles. Despite her betrayal, Emilia will do anything to solve this new mystery and find out who her sister really is.

Together Emilia and Wrath play a sin-fueled game of deception as they work to stop the unrest that’s brewing between witches, demons, shape-shifters and the most treacherous foes of all: the Feared.

Emilia was warned that when it came to the Wicked nothing was as it seemed. But, have the true villains been much closer all along? When the truth is finally revealed, it just might end up costing Emilia her heart.

Kingdom of the Feared is the final novel in the Kingdom of the Wicked trilogy. While the first novel felt towards YA, the second and definitely this one, felt very new adult. It seems that this novel/series was mis-marketed as New Adult is a more accurate description, for me. The author did announce that this novel would be her “spiciest” one, so it was not a surprise that it delivered; however, for me, it over-delivered in many moments. Wrath and Emilia get together many times throughout the novel where it did seem that the smut was overshadowing the plot. I enjoy smut in novels, but, for me, I was invested in the plot in the previous novels and wanted more exploration.

As a character Emilia grows a lot in this novel where she must make some difficult choices. She struggles a lot with the different sides of herself and the many secrets that she unveils, so I loved following her on her journey. She is searching for answers about her sister, Vittoria, and continuing to discover more about herself. Through the story there are some plot twists and multiple revelations. While I enjoyed each, there were moments where I wanted more time to explore some of the answers that were finally revealed.

It’s interesting how the story has ended as it is not the same story as the beginning. The first one is still my favorite and I wish that the author kept with that style for the remainder of the series. As there were multiple reveals and conclusions, maybe this novel should have been divided into two or had some of the material moved to the second novel as it felt uneven as-is. Many of the elements were told rather than shown, which I felt was a missed opportunity as there was tons of potential. It seems that Wrath and Emilia’s stories are wrapped up by the end of this story where the conclusion does feels satisfying. I am not sure if there are more novels planned as spin-offs, but it seems there is a lot of potential with Vittoria and the other six Princes, especially Pride.

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