Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco (Book Review) || I NEED the next book NOW

I thought this was a duology and was very excited to find that it’s a trilogy. But now? Now I have to wait until next year to read the third book? This is the worst thing ever, I absolutely recommend this book 😂

I tried not to add too many spoilers but like… It’s a sequel so I hope you’re not reading this and you haven’t read the first book. I mean, you could! It would just be weird and you would see spoilers.

Disclaimer: I loaned this book out of the library with the intention of reading and reviewing it honestly. The featured image is my own. The summary is taken from Goodreads. All opinions expressed are my own.


Title: Kingdom of the Cursed
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Audiobook Narrator: Marisa Calin
Series: #2 in Kingdom of the Wicked (#1)
Year Published: 2021
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Cover Art/Designer: No ‘actual’  seems to be listed so most of the designs seem to come from Shutterstock and Getty Images.
Genre: New Adult ~ Fantasy ~ Romance ~ Historical Fiction

Links: Goodreads || The Storygraph
Copy: Audiobook (Library)
CW/TW: (Taken from The Storygraph) Violence, Blood, others.


As much as I thought I loved reading the first book, I enjoyed reading the second book EVEN more! This is exactly how I like to have a book series go from one age demographic to another. Kingdom of the Wicked was Young Adult and Kingdom of the Cursed is definitely New Adult – not just because there’s sex but also there’s themes you wouldn’t really see in a Young Adult book.

But honestly this was such a good transition from one age demographic to another. The first book was a dark Upper YA book so to take that and write a dark New Adult Book was easy. And oh so good.

This picks up immediately after the first book (which I like) and it’s just set in Hell. Which was amazing. I loved all the detail we got about the place and the different sin corridors were fascinating. The setting and world-building that we got in this book was really well-written. You could tell Maniscalco had spent a lot of time working on that.

I loved where we went with Emilia and Wrath – their personalities and story and relationship, I mean. I loved them even more this time around and I’d love to spend time with both of them. I think we should make some food.

I absolutely enjoyed the plot and all the secrets we found out. I did predict one of the secrets (if you’ve read it and we’re mutuals somewhere, tell me and we can chat about it) so while I wasn’t exactly surprised by that one secret I predicted, I was still (sort of) shocked at the revelation – which means that’s really good writing!

And the way the book ended… I don’t want to even SPEAK about it, I just want to HAVE the third book in my hands right now. If not now, like at Christmas.

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