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To Kill a Kingdom – Book Review

Book title: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Target Audience: Young Adult

“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”


― Alexandra Christo, To Kill a Kingdom

Why I chose this?

I have seen a lot of people who have read this book and enjoyed it so when I saw an offer for it on the Kindle Store I had to have it. 

What it’s about

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?

What I thought

I love retellings that is a fact and this one was fantastic. 

The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney film of all time and I didn’t actually know it was a retelling until I realised that Lira had bright red hair and that the Prince Elian’s description reminded me of Prince Eric. Yeah I’m a bit slow on the uptake. 

The descriptions were fantastic and for once the people with hetrochromia weren’t truly evil. Just misunderstood in a way. 

Lira is a siren like no other in that she has earned herself a nickname from the Human’s, THE PRINCES’ BANE, she has only ever gone after princes and done so to please her mother.

Lira seems to stand out from the other sirens much to her mother dismay but she she is a strong person with her own morals. She has a mouth on her and certainly knows how to use it with her quick wit and no holds barred attitude. 

So from sultry Sirens to Swashbuckling Pirates, Prince Elian is more than just the handsome prince/eye candy, he is almost like Lira’s moral compass. He is willing to sacrifice himself for everyone’s “safety”.

All in all this book was amazing and I couldn’t put it down much to my husbands disappointment. This was great from start to finish and i love the way the author described things from Lira’s blood red eye to the tentacles of the Sea Queen to the scars that over Prince Elian. 

I would definitely read something by this author again. 

Star rating

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