Spoiler-Free Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom By Alexandra Christo

TO KILL A KINGDOM is a young adult fantasy written by Alexandra Christo and published in March of 2018 by Feiwel & Friends (US Macmillan).

 

Official Goodreads Synopsis

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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?

 

My Review

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW.

As many of you know, it’s rare that I rate a book as five stars, but this story exceeded my expectations. (Click here to read my Goodreads review.)

TO KILL A KINGDOM was a captivatingly charming retelling of The Little Mermaid. I loved the twist of who the sea witch was and Lira’s initial lack of good intentions—along with her being a siren (rather than a mermaid). The presence of mermaids and how they were inferior creatures to the sirens was a pleasant diversion from typical reader expectations in this story. Most importantly, the voices of the two main POVs (Lira and Elian) were stellar, and their dialogue was quick and engaging. The gradual building of stakes and the epic battle at the end was structurally well-done and had me eagerly reading on to see what happened to these characters.

My biggest complaint is the lack of more story to enjoy.

 

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