To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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?
A dark and wicked Little Mermaid retelling, or so I thought. They have an interesting story-Lira’s a siren and Elian’s a prince. He was a siren hunter. She was the Princes’ Bane, an infamous princes killer. They were both murderers. The savagery and darkness of the story and the characters spell-bound me, I was so sure this would be a favorite. So much badassery and action, what could go wrong? Well, as the story progressed, it became more and more like a fairytale. The sass was barely there replaced by mushy romance. The plot twist and ending were predictable. The grand battle between human and merfolk was a disappointment. It’s just, it was so wonderful but suddenly lost its magic.
favorite parts of the book:
- the Saad(pirate ship) and the crew- I loved the closeness and loyalty of each member, their hilarious bantering and badassery
- Elian’s magical knife and compass
- The hundred kingdoms
- the parallelism to Little Mermaid