Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked #3) – Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 464
Release Date: September 27, 2022

Haven’t read the previous novels? Check out my reviews of Kingdom of the Wicked and Kingdom of the Cursed.

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.

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

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


Kingdom of the Feared was an incredible disappointment. 

Vittoria became a more interesting character than Emilia as Emilia slowly began to be relegated to Wrath’s wife rather than her own person by the end of the novel. And don’t get me started on what Emilia had to do to break the curse. 

SPOILER.. in white text below

Why is that in fantasy novels women are always the ones to give up their power/magic?  

The assassination of Greed’s high-ranking member was obvious and not needed at all. The entire plot felt like it was added to fill out the pages with something for the characters to do.

Emilia solved all the mysteries of the novel in a way that could have been solved in an earlier book. This means that the ending was quickly wrapped up with no loose ends.

Kingdom of the Feared is the spiciest of the three novels and I certainly enjoyed the scenes, but it wasn’t enough to save it.

Wrath might as well have not been in the novel. He’s relegated to the sidelines and had only one moment that was representative of his sin. Throughout the novel, Wrath was meek and not the assertive alpha male you would have expected him to be.

Overall, Kingdom of the Feared fumbled the ending. Hard. It was a slog to get through as the plot was obvious while also being completely useless.


Have you read Kingdom of the Feared? What did you think?

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