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Kingdom of the Feared: The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling steamy finale to the Kingdom of the Wicked series

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whenever Emilia and Wrath were together, all her thoughts revolves around sex. all of the detrimental, urgent issues surrounding her become non-existent the moment her mind drifts to sex. firstly, my main issue with this book is the way it’s been labelled and promoted— someone needs to deep-dive into the progressing phenomenon of smutty fantasy romances being marketed as YA books. or just generally, books with explicit content being promoted as YA. because it’s becoming so commonplace now and i find it so odd that it’s allowed?

Selling one's soul? Emilia points out that it should not be easy. But reality is, that it is easy cause when the moment of temptation comes, when the moment you want everything you desire is right in front of your eyes; the devil will try everything in its power to get you to sell your soul. I hope if a time like that arises in your life, you're able to resist, flee and rebuke.

There is also a very common YA fantasy romance trope that happens in this book that I don’t want to give away since it’s a new release. However, I am so mad that Maniscalco put this in the book, regardless of the ending. The feminist in me was screaming. meanwhile, the writing style, again, was superfluous. i skimmed paragraphs upon paragraphs of Emilia saying the same shit in a different font over and over again— it was my issue with the previous book, and my review of that goes into more detail. i cba rehashing old issues lol. bold of you to assume your pussy would taste like a royal feast. as a regal resident of hell, all i could think of was this

I’m so annoyed. The first half of this book was going pretty strong. The plot was getting convoluted, but I wasn’t reading for that (😏), so I kept rolling.So this one, had a lot of building on Hell, and fallen angels- aka demons, summoning demons, witchcraft and the whole concept of selling one's soul. Obviously, as a Christian I do not agree with any events in the book that happened. But it can bring one bit of peace knowing that it's not non fiction. In addition, naturally, Emilia and Wrath are the same sexy badasses that they were in the last two books. Even more so than before, actually. It's amazing to see them both reach their full potential. Plus, their dynamic and chemistry hit new heights. They are finally together and, therefore, become a team. They work so well together, they understand and love each other so deeply nothing can get between them. Not any amount of magic, curse, or manipulation thrown their way. They find each other again, no matter what. Their relationship is so beautiful and emotional, and it wrapped up so wonderfully.

Throughout Emilia and Wrath’s misadventures in hell as they battle against the former’s powerful sister, Vittoria, there’s never a moment to breathe, or strategize, or let the story just be for a second. I don’t need long meditations on love or lust in a quiet room, but the endless barrage of the same narrative formula over and over again — Emilia and Wrath sexy time —> Vittoria interrupts said sexy time by kidnapping Emilia in some way or form —> Emilia is imprisoned —> Emilia escapes or Wrath rescues Emilia —> aaaand repeat — gets pretty tiring. Somehow there’s a ton of action happening, while at the same time, it feels like nothing and no one in the story is truly moving forward in any major way for most of the first half of the novel, save for revelations about Emilia and Vittoria’s ancestry sprinkled in here and there. Coming to Antonio's character- any man who tries to do good (work of God) by using evil, especially through the means of fallen angels aka demons.. isn't doing the right thing. I just had to say that, because people do create false ways of judgements in their heads even if they believe they're doing the right things.It's such a blessing when the book you had such high expectations for delivers so spectacularly. Not that I expected anything less from this series and Kerri Maniscalco. Masterpiece isn't an adequate enough word to describe it. Besides, this book, in particular, might actually be my favorite one. I love how the story unfolds. The revelations are insane, and there are plenty of moments that left me shooketh. Also, I especially loved the ending. There was a moment I wasn't pleased with at all and was worried about how it would affect my rating, but as it turned out Kerry Maniscalco was only being a mean tease again. I honestly think she might be a sadist, but seeing how much I enjoyed her books, I might be a masochist myself, so I guess it works. Pride and Lucia >>>>>> Pride and Vittoria. ily girl, but Lucia and Pride are serving all the best tropes. i have a vision of Vittoria being sapphic, tell me y’all don’t see it too?! seriously, every plot twist and bomb she dropped was so good. the Shifting Isles reveal. the truth about their Nona. who the “Feared” are. Vittoria came to show all these other bitches up, i loved her. Wrath honestly felt like a secondary character to me in this final instalment because he felt so... passive. Vitoria and Emilia really propelled the plot forward. with Wrath everything was so stagnant.

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