I finished reading To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo last week. Oh, my! What a fun read it was!!
I had seen so many places that it was a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid. Where I can understand this a little bit, it wasn’t that close to The Little Mermaid in my mind. So if you’re expecting it to be super tight, don’t be disappointed. I thought the little parallels were excellent, but the differences are what made this stand out to me!
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 are 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 siren kind 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 Liked
The Sirens: The Sirens in this book are fantastic. They’re what you expect sirens to be, beautiful and deadly. The way Alexandra Christo wrote them, you can feel the badassness of them coming off the page. The fact that their beauty leads to such gruesome acts such as ripping the hearts of sailors right out of their chests was so impressive.
Elian: I enjoyed the character of Elian in this book. While he had a lot of stereotypes, such as the good-looking, good at everything prince who doesn’t want to be a prince, I still liked him. I liked that love and care he showed for his crew and his sister. I liked that he thought he was doing what was right for his people.
Lira: Lira is a badass. There is no other way to put it. She is The Princes Bane. The one all princes fear because she has ripped out the hearts of so many of them. I loved that she was unapologetically her, even when defying her mother, the Sea Queen. She stood up for her cousin and decided that the world would be better off without her mother. I love that she did what she had to do while finding her humanity along the way.
The Plot: I loved how dark this book was. So many times I’ve found a YA “Dark” Fantasy to be lacking. Sure they’re good, but they’re still a little too happily ever after. This book is so full of dark, creepy and horrifying acts. It was brilliant. Alexandra Christo didn’t shy away from really bringing the dark aspects of this world to life.
What I Didn’t Like
The Romance: While I loved both Elian and Lira as characters, I found their romance lacking. It just didn’t do it for me. It was incredibly slow-burning which I usually love, but it just became utterly meh to me by the time they finally decided they loved each other.
The Ending: I didn’t love the ending to be honest. I loved the battle scene at the end for the most part, but I felt the ending was a little anti-climatic. I’m also just a little over, love conquers all, and everything will be fine in the end, endings. I mean these are two races who have been battling it out forever, but all of a sudden everything is peachy? I don’t think so.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It is one I would completely read again!
Have you read it? What did you think?