To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
First of all, let me thank Netgalley and Feiwel & Friends for the chance to read and review this book: To Kill a Kingdom pre-release. As always, these thoughts are my own. This review is spoiler-free and no main plot points are revealed.
I give this story 4.5 stars.
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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?
As you probably worked out if you read the synopsis, this book is a sort-of retelling of the Little Mermaid. I can honestly say that I wasn’t expecting much when I started reading, but . . .
I really truly loved this story.
Lira is very stabby. I like that about her, all the way through her character arc. She grows, she changes, but her sass and stabbiness stick with her through the entire story and I really love that.
I really love Lira’s transformation. I love her transition from murderess > captive > crewmate > friend. It feels so realistic and I was afraid this would turn out to be a typical love story where the heroine changes totally and unexpectedly but THIS WAS REALISTIC. And I loved it.
I was a little confused at the first few lines in each book because it’s not clear right away who is the POV character. If they had added the character names beneath the chapter headings, there would have been no confusion at all.
The world of the sirens and the world of the humans is deep, thoughtful, fun (there are some nice references to other myths and storied lands) and I loved the bastardization of Greek that went on in some names (I studied Koine/ ancient Greek extensively in college) I loved the touch with the mermaids (which are NOT sirens) and I loved the hint of magic.
If you loved the Little Mermaid, or if you were dissatisfied with it, this book is for you. I loved it!
To KIll a Kingdom will be released on March 6th, 2018, but I’ve heard it’s already in some stores so go find it and buy it!
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