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Kingdom of the Wicked: A Book Review

Written by: Melody (@snxwy.writes)

Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Rating: ★★★★

*** Comment below which book you want to see reviewed next! Without further ado, read on and enjoy! :) ***



Two sisters. One brutal murder. A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself . . . and an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe - witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family's renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin...desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister's killer and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that's been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked—princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia's side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women's murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems...

So... Kingdom of the Wicked, huh? I have to say, this book holds true to its title. It was so wicked of them to end this book the way that they did ;) ( see the pun, huh?... I'll walk myself out). I was interested in this book from the first page all the way to the last page. If there was ever a moment that I would zone out, the book would come back and slap me in the face. I really had to stay attentive at all times with this book, and I genuinely loved that.



Emilia di Carlo - Emilia’s character was well-built in my opinion. I really loved her relationship with her sister, those two were just amazing. Everything she did, she did for her sister, to avenge her. It may be my bias as an only child speaking, but the dedication that Emilia has for her sister made me whipped. Especially the ending! This girl is going to stop at nothing for her twin and that is something I really loved.

Wrath - Between the summoning and the dark magic and the mystery and the betrayal, Prince Wrath can easily be one of the most deceptive, obnoxious, wicked, gentlemen I have ever met in a book, and I use the word gentleman carefully here. I mean, yes—he is a Prince of Hell and yes, he is one of the Wicked which makes him all the worse but he is still royalty and thus, will behave like a prince should behave. And I have to tell you, Prince Wrath was one of the (if not THE) funniest people (cough demon) in this book and I'm here for it :)

Vittoria di Carlo - How many secrets can you keep? Yes :) Although she was alive for a small part of the book, Vittoria’s secrets are deep and twisted. When I read the book the first time, I only thought that Vittoria started keeping secrets when she and her twin were 18, but it was on my second read did I realize the foreshadowing that happened very early on in the book. Although dead, Vittoria’s character is not one to be taken lightly o.O

Nonna Maria - We love ourselves a protective grandmother. I have to say, one of the reasons I love this book so much is because it’s the grandmother who’s so kind, loving, and protective. In countless stories I’ve read, grandparents are usually very annoying, but Nonna Maria really did steal my heart away.

Antonio Vicenzu Bernardo - To be fair, I didn’t like this guy from the beginning, and for good reason. He was a member of the brotherhood—a kind, caring, sweet, selfless person—in a book called “Kingdom of the Wicked”. So, using reverse logic, he’s actually the most sketchy person here. Was I right?

Why don’t you read to find out? *wink wink*



I genuinely was not expecting the first 10 chapters. The events that led up to Vittoria’s death were so sketchy (I'm using this word a lot—I'm sorry XD), that I really couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. After the initial 10 chapters, the story became very cat-and-mouse-like, with Emilia going to desperate lengths to find her sister’s killer.

And the romance was to DIE for. Literally :)

The only part of the book that I disliked was the ending, the final 2 chapters or so, which brought the rating down from a 5 to a 4. The ending overall felt very rushed to me, so the impact I felt by Emilia’s decision was not at extravagant as it should have been. On top of that, one of the two very major betrayals that happened did not stab me in the heart the way that all betrayals should have. Yes, it hurt, but it wasn’t that “OH MY GOD NO” feeling. From Emilia’s P.O.V, I get why it would have hurt, given her relationship with this person, but it just didn’t work out for me. I didn’t feel angry, I just felt sad.

Other than that, I am heads-over-heals for this book—or else I wouldn’t be reading it for my third time already >.<


Writing Style:

The entire book was written from Emilia’s point of view, with the exception of the first chapter which was written in third-person limited (still Emilia’s thoughts and emotions, told from a third p.o.v). It was refreshing to see a book written in one P.O.V from start to finish. I usually read books in third-person, or first-person where the P.O.V keeps changing.

Personally, this book was written very well. The fact that it was only told from Emilia’s perspective ensured that the reader wouldn’t be omniscient and also understand other perspectives. It was Emilia’s story only, and it was nice to be exposed to only one.



Do you guys understand how heartbroken I was when I realized the third book isn’t even OUT yet? It felt like my world shattered TT

... ok I guess I'm overexaggerating but STILL. As much as I didn’t like the ending, Emilia’s and Wrath’s story is something I am definitely interested in following along.

For those of you who don’t like witchcraft, dark magic, and demons, this book isn’t for you, and that’s perfectly okay. For those of you who do though...

Enjoy the ride (• ε •)

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