from violent to not, so violent? / TO KILL A KINGDOM REVIEW

TITLE:  To Kill A Kingdom

AUTHOR: Alexandra Christo

RATING: ★★★.5

TRIGGER WARNING: lot’s of murder and stabby stabby

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: Allen and Unwin sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: YA Fantasy


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 thoughts

To kill a kingdom is a decent YA fantasy that starts off strong, but has a bit of a softer ending. Not that that’s a bad thing, but when you go into a book, seeing a girl murder a prince, and a prince murder a siren? you have some dark expectations.
This novel follows two characters and uses both of their perspectives. Lyra, the princes bane, a feared siren who kills a prince each year. And Elian, a prince who hunts sirens like Lyra. But they’re not who they seemed like at the beginning. By the end of this novel they’re practically different people, who were once hidden under their brutality. I’m still unsure on how I feel about that aspect of this story.
This book started off strong, with two characters who showed no heart, and only seemed after blood, but evolved into something akin to a normal YA fantasy by the end.
I really enjoyed the characters and the growth they went through in this novel, how once Lyra was away from her mother, she was able to become more of who she truly was. And how her and Élian had so many similarities in being royalty who never wanted the throne.
This was a fun and really easy read, it didn’t take long for me to get through and I really love when I find a stand-alone fantasy book because they’re pretty rare!
I totally recommend this for fans of fantasy
-the sirens and mermaids were AWESOME
-a lot of character growth
-a decent plot line
until next time,

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