Wednesday, 11 July 2018

To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom is 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?

The Breakdown:
1. I am sorry that I am so very behind on updating my reviews.  I will endevour to do better, but no promises.  That being said on the To Kill a Kingdom review.  This book is a little bit of a dark re-imagined version of the Little Mermaid.   To be clear, Lira is a siren, not a mermaid, which Christo makes a definitive separation between the do.  Mermaids are much more fish like than sirens.  In this story, there is an ages old war between humans and sirens, and both the main characters are at the forefront of this struggle.

2.  I find Lira an interesting character.  While is not an entirely likable character, especially in the beginning.  She is fiercely loyal to her cousin, and is trying her best to survive her mother, the Sea Queen's reign, until she inherits the throne. She shows to be very smart on when thinking on her feet.  She also learns what it means to have true friends with Elian and his crew.  I really ended up liking her at the end.

3. Elian is a crown prince who has no desire to rule.  He is a sailor and a warrior.  He is deadly when it comes to sirens, and is quite good at strategy.  I also found the banter between him and Lira to entertaining.  I am a little bothered by his name because my brain keeps wanting to see it as Elain, which is a female name.

4.  This book definitely kept me on my toes.  It had lots of twist and turns, crosses and double-crosses.  Plus, I really liked the ending, and found a stand alone fantasy novel refreshing.

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