To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo ~ 342 pages ~ published 3/6/18 by Feiwel & Friends
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?
What I Thought:
I know I sound like a broken record, but I absolutely love fairy tale retellings! When I heard that there was a retelling of The Little Mermaid where the romantic leads are actually both murderers and are trying to kill each other, I couldn’t pick up the book fast enough!!
Lira was an extremely interesting character for me. Known as the “Prince’s Bane”, she was a cold-hearted killer at the beginning of the story…or so you are led to believe. The gooey, tender core to her heart is revealed as the story progresses, and I absolutely loved that. Being able to peel back the layers of a seemingly remorseless killer to see the wounded girl underneath was an absolute joy to experience.
I also really loved Elian. He had a similar arc, in that he tried to give off this aura of ruthlessness as a pirate captain, but he had a compassionate heart underneath it all. Seeing these two begin a friendship, that then starts to develop into something more, was so very well done. And I’m adding another book boyfriend to my roster 😉
The world building in To Kill a Kingdom was also fascinating! I loved the idea that each kingdom specialized in a different commodity, and that some of those commodities were actually emotional, rather than physical goods. Also, the fact that they all vary so wildly in their terrain made for really fun backdrops to the story. I loved that there was some magic present, but it still felt very much like a real world.
I loved this particular overarching theme: love and kindness are not weakness, but strength.
I gave this bad boy 5 STARS!! This is, by far, one of my absolute favorite books I’ve read this year. It had brilliant character building, a fantastic world setting, and a great moral compass to the story. I loved, loved, LOVED it!! Please read it! Do it for me!
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Love and happy reading,