To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.
There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they’re still there. Buried deep and bloody.
Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or remain a human forever.
Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world and captain to a deadly crew of siren hunters. When he rescues a drowning woman from the ocean, she promises to help him destroy sirenkind for good. But he has no way of knowing whether he can trust her…
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I absolutely loved this book and gave it five stars!! This is a little mermaid retelling where the little mermaid is a deadly siren and the prince is a brutal siren hunter, this book stays pretty close to the original story but with an added storyline that makes it so much more interesting and exciting. This was an excellent debut novel and makes me really excited to read more fantasy books from her in the future.
Fantasy standalones don’t come around very often usually because the storylines take a long time to tell but this story was done so well and perfectly fits into one book. With some fantasy standalones I always feel like they aren’t finished or that they end at a place where you as the reader decide what will happen next which I personally don’t like but this book was wrapped up really well. I would definitely love to see these characters again but it really feels like their stories are finished so I would be happy either way 😀
Alexandra Christo’s writing style was really enjoyable to read, it felt like I was reading a fairytale, it had such a great flow to the storyline, it never became dull or had any aspects of ‘filler’ information which is something that I always appreciate in my books. There was also such a great atmosphere to the book, just in the way that the characters spoke and all of the descriptions it was really well done and transports you into the world so completely that you don’t want to put the book down.
The characters were all really exciting to read from, both of our main characters are pretty brutal and at first I didn’t know whether I would like them because of it but it made them so much more interesting. They were both snarky and sarcastic which made their interactions really fun to read.
I really liked all of the mythological aspects that surrounded the sirens, the rulers of each country and the eye of Keto. It added so much more to the story and was really interesting to learn about as the story goes on. If I am being perfectly honest I love a having some history or mythology in my books especially when they are done well so I loved this part 🙂
I loved how Lira and Elian’s relationship grew throughout the book, hate to love romances are one of my favourites. I also love how they both brought out the best in each other, especially for Lira who became a completely different person and brought back the humanity within herself that her mother had been trying to destroy. I also really enjoyed watching their trust in each other grow throughout the novel as they learned more about each other, especially when Elian finds out the truth about Lira but still trusts her to do the right thing.
The ending of this book was really great, it fully wrapped up everything in a way that I really loved, it didn’t make it this perfect ending where everything was fine and the main characters get to be together but instead made it so much more realistic (if you can say that about a fantasy book, lol).
Thank you for reading!