I’ve got to admit, when I saw this book at my local bookshop, I put it back on the shelf after reading the synopsis. It sounded a lot like Six of Crows or The Gilded Wolves and I was scared that my opinion of those two books would impact my feelings of There Will Come A Darkness. But when my favourite book blogger (we have the same taste in books, it’s uncanny) announced that she loved this book, I practically ran back to my bookshop to purchase it.
Review: Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco.
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.
Finally started reading The Secret History the other night. After almost two years of silently judging me from my shelf… it was about time I picked it up. Now it’s just the perfect time for Dark Academia themed stuff, am I right?
Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.
Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.
Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.
A very thrilling, suspense-filled novel that is worth the read! I greatly enjoyed this psychological thriller with sooo many murder mysteries… they just kept piling up!! It’s a rollercoaster of a ride, and it is really really fun to try and pin the murder on the culprit because the focus shifts to so many people! You might think you have the whole story figured out, but then a new chapter makes you completely second-guess what you thought was happening! There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, and they come at a fast speed once you cross a certain percent of the book. Read carefully or you’ll miss details that come back to haunt the reader as they try to piece together what’s happening before the characters themselves can! The mysteries literally keep unraveling until the very last page of the book!
The pacing of this story was really good. It hooked me in at the beginning as it starts right into the day the main character moves to a different town with her fiancé and the pacing stays consistent throughout, the plot never gets boring or drags from one chapter to another. The chapters themselves are back-and-forth between multiple narrators, and the past and the present. The best thing about this novel was that it never gets confusing where the past and present timelines are concerned. The chapters titles always let the reader know what to expect, if the chapter content didn’t make it obvious already.
I would recommend this book to people who love suspense, along with murder mysteries, multiple-narrator stories, young white couple romance, old-rich-privileged families, and of course, a happy and satisfying ending!
There is a queer character in this book, and a queer relationship, however, it is not focus of any major plotline and is mentioned as a minor detail a few times in the story. There’s also a small amount of homophobia directed at the queer person in the limelight of the major characters so beware of that as well - but there’s a safe ending for this person and their significant other, no queer person died or was physically harmed in this novel!
All in all, this was a great book and I’m glad I got to enjoy it, I read it in two days, and I rate it at 5 stars, and I highly recommend it to anyone considering it to check it out!
*Thank you to the publishers; Bookouture, the author; Miranda Smith, and Netgalley for my free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review!
“The runes have spoken. We have our champion…Matthew Thorsen.”
Matt hears the words, but he can’t believe them. He’s Thor’s representative? Destined to fight trolls, monstrous wolves and giant serpents…or the world ends? He’s only thirteen.
While Matt knew he was a modern-day descendent of Thor, he’s always lived a normal kid’s life. In fact, most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. No big deal.
But now Ragnarok is coming, and it’s up to the champions to fight in the place of the long-dead gods. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team, find Thor’s hammer and shield, and prevent the end of the world.
Blakesley is the head of the Covens Syndicate. He shouldn’t need to
look beyond the witches and warlocks he governs, or his own abilities,
to solve any problem. But a demon infestation means he can’t trust
anyone who may be possessed. The last person he wants to ask for help is also the only person who can fix this, so he sucks up his pride and storms into her office.
And she turns him down cold.
the owner of Brimstone Inc., Delilah’s passion is helping others with
their supernatural problems. But Alasdair is the last man Delilah wants
to tangle with. The infuriating man sees too much and demands even more.
And did she mention the way he sets her body on fire?
it matters — demons are the only things with which she cannot interfere.
Too bad a higher power steps in and sends them both on a crash course
of each others’ pasts, presents, and futures.
How is a Christmas Carol nightmare supposed to solve his demon problem without breaking the rules she’s bound by?
That was a rollercoaster ride if there ever was one!
probably the book I was least looking forward to - after I found out
this was Delilah’s book with Alisdair, before that I was waiting
(im)patiently for the day that Delilah’s book would release - with
someone else. I just never imagined Alisdair and Delilah as a couple.
enough, Try As I Smite was the one book (in this entire series) that I
became so immersed in that I didn’t even realise I was already halfway
through (and now wishing that the book was longer 😂).
Alisdair’s characters were so much better and just such a great match,
than I could’ve even imagined. They complimented each other completely,
in every way. I just loved their whole story - and dropping that
little Christmas Carol angle/bonus in there? I never expected it but I
ADORED it all the same.
The one thing I always thought that this series could
improve upon was how fast everything i.e. the supernatural problems are
resolved (in the series), they’re built up so much you think that it’s
going to take some serious work to resolve it but it’s usually over in
the space of if not two, then three chapters at the most (with the
solution actually turning out to be a really simple one) but with the
books/the focus being more romance- centric, I get why that is. Maybe
that’s why, even though I say that, I can overlook it and enjoy the
I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, This series
needs to be adapted into a tv show even if it’s a limited one (think a
couple episodes - kinda like the adaptations of Pride and Prejudice,
Jane Eyre etc).
With the way that Try As I Smite finished,
something tells me this was the last book in the series and I’m not
gonna lie, I’m kind of getting all misty-eyed 😂
NOTE: According to Amazon UK the Kindle edition of this book releases on 26th October 2020 (but the paperback’s available now)