Kingdom of the Feared: The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling steamy finale to the Kingdom of the Wicked series
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Wrath was great but honestly I was even underwhelmed by him. The romance that we’ve all been waiting for for 2 books was steamy, yes, but I felt like his actual character got completely watered down. The plot is non-sensical, the main character is one of the most insufferably stupid MC's I've ever read (who will contradictorily also have big epiphanies completely out of nowhere just to advance the plot), and the sharp turn from YA to NA in book 1 and then NA to Adult in book three seems like an obvious crutch used when the author either got bored of what she had planned or realized it was needed to actually keep readers interested.
Go to hell? Gladly, as long as it’s the version in Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco, and the Prince of Wrath is my betrothed. Done and done.It’s somewhere around the 60% mark that it switches completely to convoluted plot. There were now too many conflicts, too many side stories, too many obstacles. I couldn’t keep it all straight, nor did I make much effort to. I have to agree with those reviewers who said this book felt different and that the plot was a tad all over the place while also getting lost amidst too much smut, at the same time. I also felt really overwhelmed by how things concerning the stratospheric build-up the author's been crafting around Emilia's identity eventually ended. When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, damning evidence somehow points to Vittoria as the murderer. Now, Emilia will do anything to get to the bottom of these accusations against the sister she thought she knew.
The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition features a unique cover and contains a spicy bonus chapter from Envy's point of view. Wrath was reduced to a character whose only important trait was that he is hot and wants Emilia. All the complexities the first two books hinted at were simply ignored, and we were subjected to scene after scene of him and Emilia having sex in the most unfortunate of times. Welcome to another episode of Cyra hates everything! Today we will be discussing this abomination! Hooray!this is also the spoilery part of my review, so congratulations on making it this far! you got through all of my whinging... enjoy the rest of my review where i also whinge, just with a few spoilers here and there).
If you’re looking for more books with a similar vibe and/or themes, here are some additional recommendations: Pride and Lucia >>>>>> Pride and Vittoria. ily girl, but Lucia and Pride are serving all the best tropes. i have a vision of Vittoria being sapphic, tell me y’all don’t see it too?! To solve the murder, Emilia and Wrath embark on a sin-fuelled game of deception where everyone has their own objective. But as war brews between the witches, demons, shapeshifters and the Feared, Emilia realises that everything she thought she knew about her family’s history and the world she exists in might have been the greatest deceit of all. And the true villains of the story aren’t the ones she was brought up to fear. They’re closer than she could ever have imagined…
At the end of Cursed, Emilia had just found out that her twin sister Vittoria, who she’d long thought murdered, was still alive. And not only was she alive, but she was set on a path of destruction that threatened all Emilia held dear. When Feared begins, Emilia is reeling from the discovery but she’s on the cusp of completing her marriage to the seductive Prince of Wrath (cue the sizzles) and Vittoria seems hell bent on ruining the union. When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, damning evidence points to Emilia’s twin as the murderer. But the circumstances are suspicious and Emilia, whilst hurt and betrayed by her sister, will do anything to get to the bottom of the accusations, for good or bad. Writing sequels worthy of a spectacular first book mustn't be an easy job, but if there's an author I know would accept the challenge and ace it, it's Kerri Maniscalco. Finally, I can't not mention the world-building. I think the underworld Maniscalco's created is interesting and while hell looks more like the set of Bridgerton than the fire and torture version we're all used to, it was a nice take and an effort I didn't dislike.