To Kill a Kingdom

Alexandra Christo

Shelfie Score: 80%

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Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.
Pages: 400


Dark and romantic YA fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas - about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her. 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...

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Ann Fernandez

Finally, a good Siren book where the characters don't nauseastingly fall on love with each other the first moment they lock eyes, and where the Sirens are actually terrifying.

This book follows Lira and Elian, Lira being a Siren and daughter of the Sea Queen, known as the Princes' Bane for only ripping out the hearts of princes, Elian being a prince who sails the sea on a pirate ship hunting down Sirens. Truly, an intriguing dynamic we have here. When Lira disobeys her mother, as punishment she is turned into a human and sent to steal the heart of Prince Elian without her Siren song. Meanwhile, Elian begins to search for a magical artefact that has the power to kill not only the Sea Queen but perhaps every Siren alive.

This book has a pretty slow start, mainly because it has a bit of world-building and set-up to do so the plot can continue on its course. However when it gets going, it grips you and doesn't let you go until you've consumed every last word. If you like a fast-paced novel, I'd advise you to stay far, far away.

As for the characters, I adored them. Lira at first looks and acts like an irredeemable antagonist, in love with the act of killing and strengthening herself. But later, as you see that she was not only groomed but in many ways forced to be heartless and obsessed with killing in order to please her tryannical mother, and slowly begins to heal herself and accept her humanity.

Elian I did not love as much as Lira, but I didn't expect to, because Lira is the best. However, I feel as if I would've enjoyed his arc a lot more had he figured out that Lira was the Princes' Bane a little earlier than when he did or had we gotten his perspective when he made his decision on whether or not to trust her again, I would've been able to say his arc was as strong as Lira's.

The romance is a slow-burn, with the characters throwing more banter around then longful looks because they can't be together. Even when they do look, they usually try to guess if the other is acting suspicious or why they act the way they act.

The Sirens in this were total BAMFs, having the strength to rip off heads and shove an arm into someone's chest. Sirens were killing machines and I loved every minute of it. The Mermaids were interesting as well, I loved having a clear distinction between the two. Sirens were more human-like, and Mermaids covered themselves in metal and wanted to eat human hearts in an attempt to become human. Mermaids also happened to lay eggs, while Mermen would be used to fight for the Sirens and mate with them. This really made the world feel a lot more vast and developed, which I appreciated.

Overall, even with the few flaws this book has, it's still not only the best Siren book I've read, but also just a pretty good book in general.


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