TITLE: To Kill a Kingdom
AUTHOR: Alexandra Christo
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult
GENRE(S): Fantasy, Retelling
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
I’ve eagerly awaited the release of this book for a while and I am so happy that this book lives up to my expectations! Overall, it’s an enjoyable dark retelling with moments of great thrill and suspense!
To Kill a Kingdom follows Lira, a siren who collects the hearts of princes. It also follows Elian, a prince who happens to be a siren hunter. Similar to The Little Mermaid, the sea queen sends Lira to collect the heart of a prince without the use of her siren voice.
I really, really love the characters in this book. Lira and Elian are so uniquely different yet they blend so well together. I love that they both have their own storylines all while becoming increasingly intertwined throughout the book. They have amazing, witty dialogue and I absolutely love it.
Lira is an enchanting, devious and loyal main character. She’s raised to be cunning and mischevious, and to never think twice. But, I love her willingness to accept the problems that exist in her life and her personality. It’s a great story arc! Elian is such a strong and conflicted individual who struggles with wearing a crown and loving the sea.
I also really love that this book is written from both perspectives. I sometimes find fault with books told from dual perspectives. However, the story is really enjoyable from the viewpoint of both these characters. I was equally invested in each character’s experiences, views and their intertwined story.
This retelling is definitely dark, which makes it so different and captivating. It’s a great spin on a classic story that most people enjoy. Christo does an amazing job of turning this into a story of her own. While dark, it’s also suspenseful and action packed. It’s a great mix and captivates the reader the whole way through.
The last thing that makes me happy about this book is the fact that it’s a standalone. In the world of young adult fantasy, this is not necessarily common. By the end of the book, everything finishes off in a great way. It’s refreshing in the young adult book world!
Christo’s writing is lovely, which makes it hard to believe that this is a debut novel. Overall, I’m super happy with this read and totally recommend To Kill a Kingdom. It’s full of adventure, thrills, mermaids and sirens. I definitely have my eyes open for Christo’s future novels!
”Technically, I'm a murderer, but I like to think that's one of my better qualities.Favourite Quote
About The Author
Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found organising food crawls over London and binge-watching Korean dramas.
Alexandra has a BA in Creative Writing and currently lives in England with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).
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