Title: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Read from May 29 2019 to May 30 2019
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?
This book was good. I enjoyed reading it. It’s not a favorite that I’m raving about but it was enjoyable which was what I had needed at the time.
First off we have Lira who’s a siren princess and one of the deadliest ones out there. She’s known as the Princes’ Bane since she only takes the hearts of princes. I liked Lira. I thought she was a pretty badass character. She was a character who had her own set of morals that changed and grew as she did. I really enjoyed her development throughout the course of the book and I thought her relationship with her mother was really interesting as well.
Next we have Elian who’s such a sweetheart. I have a soft spot for tortured princes and he definitely fit in that category. Elian is a prince and a siren hunter. He has no interest in ruling and would much rather spend his time on his ship. He was definitely my favorite character and I liked reading his chapters the most. I think his development was a little lacking compared to Lira but I still liked him.
I enjoyed Christo’s writing. I liked that it wasn’t frilly or overdone which is something I appreciate. Her pacing was good as well. There weren’t any parts that I thought were too slow or too fast. Christo’s writing was nice but it wasn’t anything spectacular.
I enjoyed the plot well enough. There wasn’t really anything to shocking that happened. Everything seemed to fall into place pretty easily and by the end of the book everything was wrapped up. The plot did move pretty quickly which made this an easy and fast read. It was a decent debut book for an author.
This wasn’t a book that I got too invested in but it was still enjoyable. I have an ARC of Christo’s next book which I’ve already read and I didn’t like it as much as I liked this book. I do recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick fantasy about sirens and siren hunters.