Review: Kingdom of the Feared (#3) by Kerri Maniscalco

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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.

I’ve read a lot of Kerri Maniscalco’s books and I was really happy to read the 3rd and final book in this series soon after it was initially released. I’ve been following Emilia and Wrath through several worlds and mysterious plots, and we finish in the demon court.

The world has always been magical and well painted throughout this series. Maniscalco writes dark and mysterious fantasy worlds so well and I can still picture some of the scenes months after finishing this series. The world building is one of the biggest appeals for me, and I really wanted to pick up the book because of it.

I’ve had my qualms about Emilia and Wrath throughout this series, including the power dynamic between them that was heavily demonstrated in Kingdom of the Cursed (review here). Although there is definitely heat and tension between them, the sex was definitely in the forefront of this story, and I had mixed feelings about it.

There is no doubt that these books are full of sexual tension and smut, and I do enjoy these scenes for the most part. However, the smut has become heavier and more frequent as this series has gone on, and the balance was a little off by the end. I also couldn’t help but feel like the scenes could occasionally feel just a touch repetitive and lose their excitement.

I love the atmosphere and writing in this book, but did edge down my ratings a little because of the romance, as I couldn’t help but feel it took away from the plot. However, I still really enjoyed the conclusion to this enjoyable fantasy series.

4 out of 5 stars


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