Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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?
It’d been awhile since I’d read fantasy novel and this was a great way for me to get back into the genre.
The story was interesting and so well-written, I wish it was a series! Not because I felt that it ended abruptly – actually, I really liked the ending – but only because I loved the universe of wretched mermaids, brutal sirens, and badass pirates.
I think my favorite part of the story was Princess Lira. She stayed true to herself, even as she went through a change of heart. When I was expecting her to show goodness and kindness as soon as she came into contact with Prince Elian and his crew – she didn’t. Even when she was caged and weak, her darkness remained.
It was her darkness I loved.
And the fact that it never really left her… It was a part of her, and even when she evolved throughout the story, she was still true to her character and I commend the author for this.
As for Elian, he was a fantastic match for this powerful siren. Not because he was submissive, but because his strength, although different from Lira’s, was a good match for hers.
Like I said earlier, I wouldn’t complain if I got a little more of their story, but I truly do appreciate how it ended.
This book? It’s worth the hype.
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Absolutely
Bookshelf Placement: YES!
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars