To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
‘In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.’
To Kill A Kingdom is a dark, murderous, and action packed tale with siren’s, pirates and royals!
I received a free copy of this book from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review. All my thoughts and comments are entirely my own.
Princess Lisa is siren royalty and notoriously lethal, with seventeen Princes hearts in her collection and eager to add more. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own, she is punished by the Sea Queen and forced to take the form of the one thing she despises – humans. Now her mortal heart is robbed of her song and has been tasked to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world, but the ocean is the only place he calls home. Hunting sirens is an unpleasant hobby, but he devotes his life to the cause after seeing many Princes die at the hands of their species. However, when he rescues a drowning woman, she’s more than she appears and their adventure begins.
Ever since I heard that To Kill A Kingdom was a The Little Mermaidretelling I immediately knew I needed it in my life. It was a fun adventure filled story with witty humour, fantastic characters and dark concepts.
Alexandra’s did a wonderful job of setting the scene’s within this novel. The vivid descriptions assisted with the world building and I could easily picture the various settings the story took place in. To Kill A Kingdom was was told in dual perspectives which I enjoyed and I definitely believe was necessary to understand both of the characters accurately. The writing style as a whole didn’t wow me, it was quite simple however it was still an enjoyable reading experience.
What. A. Plot! I really enjoyed the plot within To Kill A Kingdom! It was fast paced, action packed, and I liked how the author added the dark elements but kept the story in a young adult age bracket. This is a story I would of loved to have in my younger years, the plot felt set up for cinema and I loved that To Kill A Kingdom was able to transform the movie that I loved as a child into a twisted dark tale that I enjoyed immersing myself in.
‘They celebrate love as though it’s power, even though it has killed far more humans than I ever have.’
Lira and Elian were fantastic point of view characters to follow! What I enjoyed was that Alexandra didn’t give us two likeable characters, she gave us flawed, complex and conflicted characters with such potential for character development. The character development was executed very well, and I loved the growth that both characters had throughout. I also enjoyed the different character dynamics within the story, the roguish group of pirates added such a wonderful sense of humour, as well the camaraderie they had as a unit was really enjoyable to read.
Overall, I enjoyed reading To Kill A Kingdom, I think it was a wonderful debut novel and I loved the twisted take the author took on The Little Mermaid.
Favourite Quote: “You can’t win a war. Someone else just loses.”
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