To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Author: Alexandra Christo

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 344

Source: Book Subscription Box

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Rating: 3.7/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

“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?”Goodreads

What I liked:

  • I love Prince Elian and his character. I enjoyed his point of view more than Lira’s POV. 
  • It is a Little Mermaid retelling, and I love that. I wish more books were centring around sirens and mermaids. 
  • I liked Lira’s backstory, journey and growth throughout the book. 
  • The ending battle felt very cinematic, and I would like to see it adapted for film or television. 
  • I liked Elian’s crew and their various personalities. 

What I did not enjoy:

  • This book was a slow read for me. 
  • I felt the romance and the plot were rushed (maybe because it is standalone). I would have liked to see this as a duology or even as a series. I wanted a bit more time with the characters. I also wanted a bit more time for Elian’s and Lira’s romance to develop. 
  • I felt Elian’s backstory of why he hunted Sirens could have been stronger.

Overall:

To Kill a Kingdom was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed Elian’s POV and Lira’s backstory. I liked that this story centred around sirens. However, I wish it had been a bit more fast pace. I also felt that the romance and plot were a bit rushed in this book. I believe the romance could have developed more if this was a duology. I also felt that Elian needed a stronger and lengthier backstory for his hatred towards the sirens. 

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

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