Kingdom of the Wicked
My sister gave me this book a while ago, and I finally read it. I wish I’d waited just a bit longer so I could’ve read all three of them, one after the other.
Emilia and Vittoria are twin witches. They work in their parent’s restaurant, hang out with their witch friends, and live their lives. That is, until Vittoria’s murder. Emilia, distraught and desperate for revenge, summons the demon of Wrath to help her track down her sister’s killer. But the Wicked are not to be trusted.
I’m so weak for an enemies to lovers trope. Of course, were were some plot holes, and I want to address that before I get into what I liked.
Claudia, like many side characters, suffers from the same fate that befalls so many: her story remains unfinished. Her family is fascinating, and I really hope we get more about her. Also I hope she gets better, she was a lot of fun and I miss her already.
The rules around magic and the Wicked could’ve been a lot stronger. There’s bits and pieces, but then the reader is constantly told this and that are wrong and that you can’t trust anything that Nona or anyone with an agenda says. Usually that’s a huge red flag for me, but I can excuse it just this once.
It’s been a long time since I found a book I couldn’t put down. I felt for Emilia, even though I thought she was immature and reckless. Wrath and Emilia play off of each other so well, but she is so far out of her depth it’s not even funny. The characters are why I kept reading the book, because the plot got kinda funky there at the end.
One of the reasons I love this book is because it’s set in Italy. The food, the settings, and the language remind me of happier, pre-pandemic times. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book, which should be fairly easy since it’s a fairly new book.
Trigger warnings: death, murder, blood, grief, religious bigotry, violence