REVIEW: ‘Kingdom of the Feared’ by Kerri Maniscalco brings the fantasy back to this series

 

Kerri Maniscalco concludes this popular series on a high note!

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The stakes are high as this fan-favorite series comes to an end in Kingdom of the Feared. Everything I predicted would happen, didn’t, and I was swept off my feet with every new revelation!

From the Blurb:

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-fuelled 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.

I’ve been a huge fan of this series since Kingdom of the Wicked was released. It was exciting to read about this enticing world full of witches, demon princes, and magical creatures!

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Personally, I didn’t find the previous book to be a strong sequel. If I were to go back and rate it as a romance novel then it’d receive five gold stars. Reviewing it as a fantasy novel? Well, it would have received two generous stars. Kingdom of the Cursed was missing everything that originally made this series so great, minus the romance. So, after finishing this final instalment I’m happy to say that this series found its way back to the heart of what made it stand out in the first place!

The story picks up right where it left off. Emilia and Wrath are one step closer to becoming one, but the curse is still holding them back in many ways. It won’t allow them to fully love one another or themselves.

The huge revelation surrounding who Emilia truly is and the power she holds brings about new character development for her. I felt all of her running emotions as the world she has always known comes crashing down. She reacts exactly how any other person would and lets her rage consume her. Emilia wants nothing more than to bring down her enemies, and rightfully so.

When Emilia and Wrath are asked to help solve a mysterious murder things become more complicated. Emilia is forced to face pain that she never asked for, both emotionally and physically. I truly enjoyed reading about how she comes full circle from the Shadow Witch we knew in the first book.

Of course, Emila and Wrath’s romance remains the center of this series. This story constantly questions how far one will go to fight fate in order to keep what one loves safe.

Every aspect of this series comes to a satisfying ending. If I were to reread Kingdom of the Wicked then I’m positive that there would be a lot of foreshadowing, and I can only thank Kerri Maniscalco’s fantastic writing for that. Her writing has grown exceptionally since the first book that I read from her!

I think this world she has created is fun and brilliant. We get new glimpses into the demon princes than in previous books, and there might even be a spin-off series in the works. I’m here for it! I do wish we got to see more of their personalities. It was interesting being in their courts and learning about what drives each of their houses.

There are other times when the story fell short. When Emilia comes fully into her power, I was waiting for an epic battle but there was never any scene that kept me on the edge of my seat. I was glad the plot moved away from the romance for a while and focused on the politics of this world and the witches, but at certain times it was underwhelming when it came to the action.

Overall, I’m happy about how this series came to an end. I enjoyed the way Kerri Maniscalco decided to wrap everything up. Fans of these books will love every bit of the romance and politics, and have hope for more stories set in this universe! If you’re looking for a new fantasy romance series to pick up then I highly recommend this one.

A thrilling and justified conclusion

4.5
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