To Kill a Kingdom
Publication: May 2018
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?
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher Allen&Unwin in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Gosh I loved this Little Mermaid inspired book! The writing, the world building and the characters – they all pulled me into this story and I have fallen in love. This is the first book I have read about Sirens and it did not disappoint.
Sirens are my new favourite mythical creature – deadly, brutal, beautiful and cunning. The brutality that they inflict and the uncaring nature makes them so intriguing and beguiling. Christo has really done her research on Sirens and it clearly shows when reading this book.
The world building within To Kill a Kingdom is very beautiful; each Kingdom within the book is different. It’s a very diverse and unique world in regards to the differences between the cultures, architecture and people. I could visualise each place very vividly, Christo’s writing is descriptive and eloquently written. I found myself falling in love with the sea and the Kingdoms they visited along the way – well most of the Kingdoms haha.
I loved the characters in this novel, Lira is so fiery and such a strong female character. She doesn’t take grief from anyone, even when she is considerably weaker in her human body.
Elian has my heart – the Prince who wishes nothing more than to be a Pirate – handsome, cunning and witty, he is a force to be reckoned with.
I loved the relationship he had with Lira, they were the perfect duo – so alike but at the same time quite unlike each other. They both grow throughout the novel and finding the right path to follow.
The supporting charcaters were a breathe of fresh air – all the charcaters were – they’re all witty, damaged in their own way – ruthless when they need to be but the crew of Elian’s ship are family and they have each other’s backs no matter what. They are definitely squad goals!
The banter between the crew, Lira and Elian was hilarious and I found myself grinning from ear to ear and laughing out loud multiple times.
The plot is never lost, you know where it’s heading throughout the whole novel and you do not lose interest at any point. The action scenes were quick and fast paced leaving the reader well and truly satisfied. I was turning the pages in eager anticipation at every stage. The adventure that the characters were on was enthralling and you wish you could have been a part of it!
I love standalone novels so much, the ending was done perfectly, but I wouldn’t complain about having a sequel to Lira and Elian’s story – even just for another adventure!