To Kill a Kingdom Book Review

To Kill a Kingdom Book Cover To Kill a Kingdom
Alexandra Christo
Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance
Feiwel & Friends
March 6th 2018

I have a heart for every year I've been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they're still there. Buried deep and bloody. Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or remain a human forever. Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world and captain to a deadly crew of siren hunters. When he rescues a drowning woman from the ocean, she promises to help him destroy sirenkind for good. But he has no way of knowing whether he can trust her …

This is a perfect book

To Kill a Kingdom is a perfect Book. It is such an incredibly well thought out retelling of “The Little Mermaid” and I was all for it. With the story switching between two powerful points of view. It is brutal, fast-paced and with enough action to get the blood pumping!

To Kill a Kingdom begins with Lira, a siren. She is the Princes Bane and every year on her birthday takes the heart of a prince. With enough hearts, she will become the next Sea Queen. However, her cruel and heartless mother does not make it easy for her. We also follow Elian. Prince and soon-to-be king. However, Elian longs to be out in the ocean with his crew on the Saad. He is a siren killer and wishes only one thing, to kill the Princes Bane and the Sea Queen. With the wrath of the Sea Queen, Lira is forced into a human form with one order. Kill the Siren Killer or never return.

Stranded in the ocean, Elian saves Lira without knowing her deep secret.
Through twists and turns, Lira bribes Elian to bring her along on a quest to find an item that could end the Sea Queen and sirens forever.

The characters are so incredibly bad ass and I LOVE THEM!
Before their heart is stolen by the siren, literally how I imagine it. (good show!)

Lira is an incredibly written character. I love everything about her fiery nature and willingness to go the distance. Even when the odds look like they are against her in her human form, she proves she is strong and determined. What I also love about Lira is her relationship with her cousin. What a strong bond they share. It is a super heartwarming connection and I loved them!

“I could have killed her, but I didn’t, because she’s a wonder.”

Elian is also a character I adored. Torn between the ocean and his kingdom. His character progression is just a joy to read about. From his first chapter, I knew his character would be one I loved. Elian’s growing relationship with Lira is also so well done and I shipped them SO HARD. I have a big love for an enemy to lover troupe and this provided that in SPADES.

“That’s the thing about risks, it’s impossible to know which ones are worth it until it’s too late.” 

What is best about both of these characters is the fact they are both flawed. Lira and Elian are far from perfect. I hate in books when the character is portrayed as perfect. They can never do anything wrong or are just good at everything. Elian and Lira both have struggles they deal with and this makes them so good. It makes To Kill a Kingdom a much more relatable and realistic story.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. Dark, gritty and packed with action. It was very hard to put the book down while reading. Would recommend this book over and over for people who love retellings and stories that explore the oceans!

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