The first series ended in 2023! I also read this book as part of G’s incredible Olirium readathon! I’ll leave the video explaining these parallel paths here. This book completed the January prompt ‘Finish a series’!
Themes: fantasy, romance, witches
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.
That was a bittersweet end for this series. Everything in the realisation was a bit sloppy while the previous book had made such improvements!
I’ll start with the storyline. It was difficult for me to pick up where the previous book had left me and the storyline didn’t help me since it lacked clear logic. But I still enjoyed the story as a whole and wanted to know how it would end.
I also was expecting more character development, especially for Emilia. To be honest, it felt as if she was written by an adolescent writer without actual experience and trying to create a badass female character. The result is one that is superficial, extremely cheesy, and without any depth. And unfortunately, the side characters aren’t any better. The only thing you know about them is their name, and still only when they are used for the plot. The only character I enjoyed was Wrath and his total respect for Emilia and her decisions (even though he’s a bit too typical YA). I also really liked the other Princes of Hell (except Greed) and would have liked to see them a bit more, but at least they had enough substance for me to actually care about them.
The end was also disappointing, since the mystery subplot of the book was solved, still in a sloppy manner but let’s forget that. The main point that really angered me is that this ending is incomplete and leaves us with a lot of questions… at a point I googled to see if there will be a 4th volume!
In brief: this series has been full of disappointments and surprises. I still really liked it, especially for Vittoria and the prince of Hell, who could have had a bigger role in my opinion. However, it seriously lacks consistency in its development and storyline and leaved the reader with too many unanswered points to be a truly good series.
My rating: 4/5 (still wondering about that)
2 thoughts on “Magical Readathon – Kingdom of the Fearedby Kerri Maniscalco”
hfdhbfgdhbfdhb THE READATHON SOUNDS LIKE SO MUCH FUN I LOVE IT?? also omg yay on finishing a series!!!!! im so sorry it ended up being mostly disappointing though 😭😭 FINGERS CROSSED YOUR NEXT READ ENDS UP BEING SO MUCH BETTER.
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It was disappointing but I still enjoyed it a lot and read it so quickly! (sometimes I let the negative feedbacks taking a bit too much space, oupsss 😅)
This readathon is incredible if you have time to participate! And it’s great because you really adapt it to your schedule or pick what you want to do inside!