Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publish Date: March 6, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
# of Pages: 342
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(From Goodreads) 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?
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 5
Plot Development – 5
Ending – 4
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo is a dark Little Mermaid retelling. Instead of mermaids, this book features sirens–heart hungry sirens who steal the hearts of humans and drown them in the sea.
After reading a lot of mixed reviews of this book, I’m happy to say that I absolutely adored it! I found the writing to be both mesmerizing and beautiful. Once I started the book, I had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I found myself thinking about it at work, itching to get home so I could pick the book back up again. That’s the sign of a good read! The pacing was swift, never lulling or dragging.
I appreciated this retelling, which is different than the traditional Little Mermaid. Not only did it feature sirens, but it featured bloodthirsty sirens. These aren’t sweet ladies who will sing you a song–they’ll pull you from your ship and end you in a bloody fashion. I totally dug this twist!
Princess Lira is the daughter of the Sea Queen, a strong siren who’s to be feared. She covets the hearts of princes–no other royalty will do. Once the Sea Queen steals her singing voice, she’s tasked with bringing home Prince Elian’s heart without her usual charms. With two legs instead of fins, Lira discovers that there’s much more to the humans than she’s ever known.
Sounds fantastic, right? It was! The plot development was fantastic, and the world building was spot on. While I would have liked to see a little more depth in the world building, Christo gives just enough to make the whole story easily imagined.
The ending was somewhat predictable, but hey, everyone knows the story, right? I liked how the book ended with Lira and Elian. It was appropriately charming.
I thought the characters were wonderful. They could have been fleshed out a bit more, but I was quite satisfied with the way they were written. Elian was probably my favorite character–I liked his wit and sarcasm. He wasn’t the traditional prince, something I greatly enjoyed. Lira was also written with care. I enjoyed reading the story from her perspective as she went from pleasing her mother to questioning what’s right in the world.
Overall, this was an easy 5-star book for me. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend you check it out!
- “Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.”
- “‘You can’t win a war,’ I tell her. ‘Someone else just loses.'”
- “‘People don’t tell secrets because someone needs to know them. They do it because they need to tell someone.'”
Have you read To Kill a Kingdom? If so, what did you think? What was the last retelling you read?
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