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  • Written by: Kerri Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Kingdom of the Cursed

Written by: Kerri Maniscalco
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
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From a number one New York Times best-selling author comes a sizzling, sweepingly romantic story filled with dangerous secrets, evil twins, and powerful magic.

One sister.

Two sinful princes.

Infinite deception with a side of revenge.... Welcome to Hell.

After selling her soul to become queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic prince of Wrath, where she's introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria...even if that means accepting the hand of the prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her onetime ally in the mortal world...or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature? 

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves....

©2021 Kerri Maniscalco (P)2021 Jimmy Patterson

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2.5 stars maybe

Maybe 2.5 stars? I was just so bored and so annoyed with Emilia at the same time... 😖

This book picks up right after the end of Kingdom of the Wicked, as Emilia travels to Hell with Wrath to marry Pride. Emilia is convinced that this is the best way to infiltrate Pride’s court and figure out who was killing his potential brides. The more Emilia snoops around though, the more she realizes that this is much more complicated than she thought, and there are a lot of secrets left to be uncovered. It slowly becomes apparent she might never be able to go back to her normal life after all.

There is a new setting in this book as Emilia and Wrath travel to Hell, and that was interesting, but besides that, I don’t have much positive to say about this book. Not much happened plot-wise, it was mostly about Emilia dealing with her feelings, her quest for revenge, and some weak romantic development between her and Wrath. The important revelations and action happen in the last 25% of the book and that’s it (but sadly by then I was too bored to care). It just felt sooooo long for what it was. The plot does not move forward at all until the last stretch, and even then, it’s only more revelations and questions to try to get us to read the last book.

Except that in her case, it didn’t feel dangerous, just petulant and entitled. Emilia annoyed me SO MUCH in this book. She was a good main character in the first book, not the best, but not bad either, but here she was just petty, entitled, naïve, and dumb. And did I say annoying? Because she was freaking annoying! The fact that I couldn’t relate to her at all didn’t help. Emilia is hell-bent on her quest for revenge, and not being a very vengeful person myself, I struggled to understand her decision to leave everything and everyone behind in hopes to get revenge for her sister who is already dead anyways. What happens when she gets her revenge? She will still be stuck alone in hell… Because of that, I had no interest in Emilia or her quest, making it hard for me to get invested in this book.

Emilia keeps saying how she must maintain the ruse so the Princes of Hell will not discover that she is there solely to get her revenge for her twin’s murder, but really why else would she have accepted to leave her life and family behind and marry the devil? It seems pretty obvious to me that she suddenly accepted only because she was hoping to gain something from the alliance, not because she had the urge to visit hell and build a vacation home there! It’s simple logic.

I liked Wrath in the first book, but in this sequel, he fell flat, to be honest. He was just there in the background to add some sexual tension or to confuse Emilia’s feeling some more, but he was not useful to the plot. He is described as this fierce, strong, dangerous prince of hell with an aura and a presence like no other, but he felt like any other romantic interest from any other NA/fantasy book I’ve read. He did not feel super dangerous or otherworldly. I was disappointed by him.

The other princes of Hell were also pretty tame when they interacted with Emilia. I was ready for some cold, cruel, vicious, and ruthless Princes, but besides a few veiled threats and some innuendos, they were on their best behavior. Emilia spends pages being anxious about the Feast of the Wolf, this celebration where she is the guest of honor and where the Princes will learn of her greatest fear or a secret of her heart, and we can feel the fear and anxiety she feels when she thinks about it, there is pressure and it’s building towards that moment…. And then a “twist” happens and we don’t even know what happened with the “extracting your greatest fear” part of the evening. It just makes no sense to me that they wouldn’t prey on her and be extra cruel since they’ve been described as highly dangerous and wicked since the beginning of book 1.

There is also the issue of Emilia and Wrath’s “training sessions”… What was the purpose of those sessions? To teach Emilia how to protect herself from the magical influence of the big bad princes? But they were all kind and (mostly) gentlemanly with her, so the “lessons” were entirely pointless. Their true purpose was to force some proximity time between Emilia and Wrath and to add some smut to the book. I kept thinking about those lessons after I finished the book, and it made me roll my eyes. Those chapters could have been removed from the book and it would have had no effect on the plotline. At all.

The romance is supposed to be a hate-to-love, but it was not very clear, to be honest. Emilia hates Wrath at first because she’s an annoying whiny character who hates everyone, but at the same time, she can’t stop thinking about him or keep her hands off him. It was more a hate/love mixed dynamic than a true hate-to-love, and I have to say that the relationship development was weak and shallow. Actually, there was no real relationship development or meaningful key moment for them. It was just this hate/love, and then Emilia spent 80% of the book trying to figure out her feelings and organize her thoughts until she decided to stop resisting and admit her attraction and lust for Wrath. The end. I felt the sexual tension between them for sure, but I did not feel genuine concern or love, except that one time Wrath was willing to sacrifice something for Emilia.

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Love this - can't wait until book 3

love the banter bw H/H - it's romantic, has steamy tension & unexpected touches of comedic relief. Looking forward to book 3

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Excellent performance

The different character voices, audio and music helped bring the story alive. It gave the sense of a dark and spooky theme which helped to tie in key moments of the book. I had a great time listening to the plot unravel, I could kind of predict the ending as it was not widely hidden to me but certain events had me questioning and it was overall entertaining to watch the main characters journey. It was a little frustrating having to deal with the main characters constant and repetitive turmoil but that can be overlooked. 9.6/10 for sure

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fmc is exhausting but good story

A mantra to get you through this story is that characters mustn't be good, they should just be interesting. The fmc has her head stuck up her behind for 99.9% of the story. And the scene that would be the payoff for getting through this book is a fade to black. That being said,I actually did enjoy the story, it's just an incredibly frustrating one. I guess I'll be reading the third book in order to finish this story as no plot points have been concluded in this one.

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  • Evy
  • 2022-09-28

getting better and better

love the narrator! makes the story much more alive. looking forward to the next book. a lot of mysteries to be solved.

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great Audiobook, frustrating story

this was a great Audiobook, the production is excellent...the story is super frustrating as the events take place. Amelia is a frustrating character how we I have to remind myself that is extremely naive and young.rbata the only thing that kept from truly disliking her

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Incredible, left wanting more

Absolutely love it. Being the 2nd novel in the series you always wonder if it will live up to the first book. Boy did it! I loved the voice actor, I could feel each line and sense each character she portrayed. I love the story, though sometimes I just wanna kick the lead but then at the end she finally gives into my wants/needs. So good, already pre-ordered Kimdom of the Feared.

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cliffhanger warning

WOW! this book really built up the world further and we definitely get more hot n heavy with Emilia and Wrath! I lover it but that cliffhanger KILLED ME!
I can't wait to read the next!

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What Happened!?!?

The first book was so good and this one completely fell off. Changing from YA to and NA seemed to be too big a focus. There was 20% plot and 80% corny smutty scenes. I really hope since the story seemed to get back on track for the last part of the book that book 3 will focus on the story and enough with the sex.

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  • K
  • 2022-01-09

Better than the first!

The audio ambiance is everything! The story was intriguing as well, better than the first book!

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  • Melissa
  • 2021-10-06

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I can't remember the last time I have been so equally elated and upset to pick up a new series. I didn't want this book to end. The plot, dialogue, saucy moments, to the narration was everything I could have wanted to happen with these characters. I listen to audiobooks so that I can multi task, but in this case, I spent 8+ hrs glazed over with a stupid grin on my face like a dummy as I reenacted the characters moments in my head. The next book can't come out fast enough. I highly recommend this series!

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  • Kara
  • 2021-10-21

Holy YES

Good and holy grief. As if the first one didn't completely obliterate my soul, this one finished the job. Beyond brilliant, beautiful, twisty, and so delicately entwined into a half dozen little surprises and shocks at the end that make you gasp. This is by far one of the best series I have ever read. While I normally prefer hardbound paperback (being the book hoarder I am), I cannot recommend this book as an audiobook more vehemently. It is easily the best audiobook composing I've ever experienced. The accents, the tones, the music surrounding certain scenes - bravo. Naturally, this is highly recommended.

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  • Jennifer Baratta She/Her
  • 2021-10-19

Marisa Calin is an outstanding narrator.

Thank you Kerri Maniscalco for this amazing story I throughly enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Kera C. Hoagland
  • 2021-10-21

I get the seven deadly sins but…

Isn’t this YA book? I’m a 33-year-old adult And I’m not overly religious or anything and I totally understand seven deadly sins and I actually like the first book but what the hell is the smut?! This is basically a soft core porn and I got it in my YA monthly book box fairyloot…at least the first one never even imagined how disgusting the second would be … This is so disgusting it was cringe worthy! if you want to go into porn, the go into porn. if you want to be a writer then actually gain some talent instead of writing soft core porn that I have to skip through minutes of because I can’t stand the cringe, let’s not even go into the fact that this is emotional and mytical sexual abuse that wrath is showing to Amelia ! way to go! giving young adults a role model display disgusting behaviors that we already have way to much of in this real world. get a real job if you don’t know how to write. Honestly be thankful I’m not a teenager or the mother of one because this is honest to God like awful I’m not even gonna lie and I’m into this kind of stuff usually but when it’s labeled for adults not fucking teenagers who are impressionable and moldable at best and molding them into something who just openly accepts emotional and sexual abuse is really messed up. if you’re a parent do not let your child read this I couldn’t even stand it and I’m 33 and like I said I thoroughly enjoyed the first book but I thought Amelia was going to be a heroine not a whipping post for yet another man. And yes I know he was trying to teach her to protect yourself but that is not how you do it fantasy or not people go to years of therapy for this kind of crap. Likely won’t be buying the 3rd book. I’ll be getting my credit back.

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  • Rebekah
  • 2021-10-07

loved it!

I absolutely loved this story. do much happened that had me on my toes or screaming in excitement or in shock. this is by far one of my favorite stories/series and I can not wait for the next book.

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  • Sunnybrooke14
  • 2021-10-13

Such a great book and audio!

Seriously this book is so good and the audio production is amazing. The only bad part is we have to wait for book three

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-08

so good 😲

loved it I just hope we don't have to wait a whole year for book 3 to come out!

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  • Chelsy Cunanan
  • 2021-10-08

A little disappointing.

I absolutely loved the first book.

That being said, this book was a slow burn that I did not find pleasant. The plot was a bit all over the place. Emilia had too many theories she wanted to explore and way too many missions/tasks. It was a bit hard to understand exactly what she was trying to do and which of the missions/tasks was most important.

While I appreciate the few steamy scenes between her and Wrath, I feel that they could have been more tender and descriptive.

Additionally, while the ending did have a few unexpected surprises, it left a sour aftertaste.

All in all, it’s not as good and book one but I will read the next book as I am curious to see how the events that played out toward the end will pan out.

P.S. the narration was just as good as the first book.

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  • Christopher Cox
  • 2021-10-07

Spicy in all the right ways!

This is not a YA book and that what makes it so good! Emilia goes through a lot in this part of her story and I love how it showed her struggles and her growth throughout the book.

And you can never go wrong with more Wrath.

Overall I enjoyed the narrator, story and just general feel of this book. It lost its innocence in all the best ways.

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  • Rayna Hernandez
  • 2021-10-07

Don't stop!

I wanted to stop this book so many times but I am so glad that I didn't! For me, Emilia is her own worst enemy and I think in this book she's finally seeing that. It's a slow burn but definitely worth it!

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