To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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?
Buddy read with Lauren and some other Books and Tea people.
I went into this book pretty blind because I’d pretty much only heard the name before and then happened to see them in a book store and decided to buy a copy. I didn’t even realize To Kill A Kingdom was a Little Mermaid retelling until I was almost halfway done!
It took me some time to warm up to this book because I wasn’t a huge fan of Lira and Elian separately since both of them really like to talk about what bad people they are, but once the story started properly it actually turned out to be pretty great. I especially liked how Lira’s experience as a human made her grow and realize she didn’t have to just do whatever her mother told her to and she didn’t need to be a killer. The Sea Queen deserves the Worst Mom award.
The world of To Kill A Kingdom was really interesting and I wish the book had been a bit longer so they could have explored it a little more. They kept talking about there being a hundred kingdoms that are all very different but they only ever name and visit maybe 5.
I was especially interested in Eidýllio because of the situation with their queen and since the kingdom had a whole romance theme going on I wouldn’t mind living there, haha. It was also interesting that only one kingdom seemed to have more advanced technology available and it hadn’t really spread elsewhere.
All in all To Kill A Kingdom was a very fun read and I liked most of the characters in it. One little thing that had nothing to do with the story but I enjoyed a lot was that all chapters from Lira’s point of view had tentacle drawings at the top of the page in the beginning. It was a nice touch.
If you’re an fan of mermaids/sirens and pirates I definitely recommend giving this book a try!