Review: To Kill a Kingdom

Review: To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Official synopsis

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?


Review

This has been on my TBR shelf for a year now, and after watching (and obsessing over) some mermaid/siren based TV shows and films recently, I knew it was the perfect time to get myself into this.

What a beautiful story about overcoming differences for the greater good and teaming up to fight a common enemy. I didn't know what to expect with this one, I just knew there would be sirens and mermaids, but there was so much more than just mythical sea creatures. The world that the author built was beautiful and captivating and so easy to understand and admire. I loved the imagery it presented and how it was so easy to visualize by being described to perfection.

Lira was what heroine dreams are made of. She was a siren with a conscience and at first, I wasn't sure how she'd grow as a character by convincingly embracing her "human" emotions, but it was done so well and admirably. Initially, she was downright fierce and vicious but slowly, she realized what the end goal was and that she'd need Elian's help to defeat her (and his) enemy. And I loved that Elian wasn't the typical Prince Charming/Mr. Perfect that I'm so accustomed to seeing in YA lit. He was flawed and had his own internal demons but he allowed the people around him to help him be a better person. Lira and Elian's chemistry/tension was off the charts and I savored in every slow-burn moment between them.

I appreciated the fact that the entire story was wrapped up in one book but I could totally use a second one just to get more of Lira as Sea/Siren Queen and, let's be real, more Lira and Elian!

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