Title: To Kill A Kingdom Author: Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Hot Key Books Published: March 6th 2018
Pages: 358 My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle, just to check they’re still there. Buried deep and bloody. I count each of them, so I can be sure none were stolen in the night. it’s not such an odd fear to have. Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.”
I was sent a full cover copy of this book via Readers First and also a e-arc from NetGalley.
This book was absolutely amazing! I just loved it! Royalty and sirens? Yes please.
This book is done from two points of views, Princess Lira, the siren royalty and is known as the Princes’ Bane, and is condemned to humanity by the Sea Queen, who I see as Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Now she must deliver the heart of Prince Elian, the siren killer or remain a human forever! And Prince Elian, the heir to Midas, the most powerful kingdom in the world however he is also a pirate and captain to a crew of siren hunters.
About half way through this book, I had to check Goodreads because I wasn’t sure whether this was the first book in a series or not, and sadly it’s not. It’s a standalone. However it does wrap up beautifully and I think everything fits perfectly without it feeling rushed at all.
This book has small parts of a retelling from The Little Mermaid but aside from siren becoming human and Ursula I think that’s the closest it gets to? I could be wrong and there might be more similarities to it. But this book was SO GOOD! There aren’t enough mermaid/siren books around so this was so nice to read.
I was instantly drawn into this book, the first sentence pulled me in straight away and I knew I’d fall in love with it: ‘I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.’ I love the characters and their development, the plot and world building in this book, I’m so sad that this is a standalone but nonetheless Alexandra Christo is an author to look out for, I look forwards to her next book, it’s not got a name yet but the summary on Goodreads is ‘Gangster Fantasy‘ and I’m already intrigued for it..
If you haven’t yet preordered this book, you should. Links are below, the book is out March 6th 2018!