Review: To Kill a Kingdom
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.
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?
My Rating: 4 Stars
Lira and Elian were delicious together and I enjoyed reading about them separately and together. Lira was a strong female character that was fighting to prove her worth to her mother and doing everything she could to do that not realizing that she was losing who she was in the process. Elian was trying to get out of being a prince and eventually a king because being on the Saad was in his blood and his true calling. These were two royals with the weight of their kingdoms, people, and parents on their shoulders controlling their actions and emotions. They had to find themselves and figure out exactly what they wanted in life.
I enjoyed Elian because he was funny and sarcastic but very honest in his narrative. He commanded his people with fairness and never acted like a spoiled prince or used that fact to get what he wanted. His crew was loyal to a fault and willing to lay their lives down for him so that told me a lot about him as a person and made me like him even more. I knew Lira was a siren and what sirens do but I liked her from the beginning even as she was killing another prince. What made me like her more was how she protected her younger cousin when her mother did everything she could to beat that out of her. That compassion and caring. Lira's true nature survived despite her mother's cruelty and being turned human helped her reconnect with that person. When Lira and Elian finally meet, I was very happy. They both had sarcastic personalities and clashed right away. Their interactions made me laugh.
I think the characters in this story were strong and the worldbuilding was good too. There could have been more and it was hard to follow all the names when listening and all the different people but it was fine. I think the story was good but after the initial action, it seemed to slow down considerably and nothing really happened until Lira did something that angered her mother enough to punish her by making her human. But then it slowed to a crawl with little action again. I think the slowness in the beginning is what took me so long to get into it and finish it. The other slow parts made it hard to want to keep reading at times but the ending was epic and made it worth it to read the book. To Kill a Kingdom was good debut book by Alexandra Christo and I can't wait to check out what she writes next.