Today is an incredible day for releases. Last week, I shared my five-star review of Children of Blood & Bone and today, I’m sharing my review of another different, but incredible book: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. It’s a book about a siren princess and a siren-killing crown prince, inspired by The Little Mermaid. It’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, and here’s my spoiler free review!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
“That’s the thing about risks, it’s impossible to know which ones are worth it until it’s too late.”
I have to be honest here, my expectations for To Kill A Kingdom weren’t very high. It wasn’t like I was expecting it to be bad, but I read Siren by Kiera Cass about 1,5 years ago and, unfortunately, it was quite a bit of a disappointment. I don’t usually like to compare books, but it sort of just happened, I guess. I was so excited, though, when I realised how amazing this book actually was. I was a little weary at first, knowing it could go downhill any moment, but it didn’t! It started strong and I really think it finished even stronger. It’s a story of sirens, royals, pirates and it’s full of deception, betrayal, schemes and so much more. It was dark and even a bit twisted at times and I absolutely loved it.
To Kill A Kingdom has a very interesting cast of characters. There’s Lira; who’s siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. She’s turned into a human against her will and – obviously – she hates it. I loved her development throughout the story. She’s really her mother’s daughter at first, but that all changes towards the end and I just loved her entire journey. Then there’s Elian, crown prince and siren-killing pirate. He’s realistic and a bit sarcastic and, above all, adventurous. He doesn’t actually want to inherit the throne, but does all he can to save his people anyway and I really admire that about him. The crew of his ship is one to give the Inner Circle from the ACOTAR series a run for their money, if I’m honest (and you all know how much I love that series!) And since it’s a reimagining of The Little Mermaid, obviously there’s a romance. It’s so slow burn that you barely even notice it until something finally happens and it’s easily one of the best things about this book.
I loved the mythology of the sirens, mermaids and mermen. Siren’s aren’t just gorgeous woman luring humans to their deaths. They look more like fish with their fins and gills, I hadn’t excepted that at all! Also, they have their rituals and they steal hearts and it’s so dark! Mermaids definitely aren’t creatures out of a Disney movie. They’re probably even more wicked than the sirens! The merman were the most interesting part of the mythology, since they’re more like a mixture of predatory fish than anything else. They’re dangerous creatures! I loved how much care went into describing the mythology of the sea creatures and their rituals, it was easy to understand while never being too plain or simple.
The world building in To Kill A Kingdom was phenomenal. There’s this entire hidden sea where with the kingdom of Keto, home of the sirens is. I felt like we didn’t see all that much of it but it made sense as the story is never really set there. Also, the rest of the settings of the book made it entirely unimportant. Elian lives in a kingdom I felt was similar to Egypt. They’re on a journey to the highest, coldest point on earth and they stop in all kinds of incredible places in the meantime. All the while, they speak of the hundred other kingdoms in their world, including a technologically advanced one! Being the tech geek that I am, that one would probably be my favourite.
To Kill A Kingdom is quite a quick and action-packed read, but the pacing was perfect. It was never boring but it also never went so fast you missed important details. The plot is always interesting and above all, it makes sense! It wasn’t predictable to me, either. To be honest, I was always so caught up in the story I didn’t even think about what would happen later on.
To Kill A Kingdom will probably end up on the list of all time favourite books. It’s a perfect book to sit down with on a day and just read for start to finish. It has a strong start, but an even stronger finish. The wonderful characters, the interesting mythology, phenomenal world building and the action-packed plot make To Kill A Kingdom an amazing read I’d recommend to everyone who’s into The Little Mermaid and sirens.
About To Kill A Kingdom
Dark and romantic YA fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas – about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her.
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 unsavoury 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?
Will you be reading To Kill A Kingdom?
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