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?
To Kill a Kingdom was everything I never knew I wanted. I’m very glad that I finally got around to picking this one up off my shelves. The story was gripping and complex. Even during the traveling that the crew did, there was never a lapse in the fast pace of the story. I was dying to know more on every page.
I completely adored the main characters. Lira was fierce and formidable, but also managed to be humble and able to realize that the way she was raised to think and feel might be the wrong way. I really liked the way the story was laid out for Lira to discover the error of the way she thinks about humans. The same goes for Elian, he’s powerful and ferocious, but doesn’t want the life he’s been groomed for. He learns, eventually, that everything he thought he knew about the villains of his world might not actually be true.
I also completely adored the crew of the ship that Elian captained. I loved their relationships and banter. They certainly made me smile and kept me entertained.
I have to say, the world that Christo has built here was my absolute favorite part about this book. Every time we were given a new tidbit about the world or another country in the world, I just ate it up. I would love to have another story in this world set in a different part of it. I adored the distinction between the sirens and mermaids, the different countries and their customs. I just loved everything about it.
Overall, if you’re a fan of retellings this is one that definitely needs to be on your list. I loved pretty much everything about this book. I cannot wait to see what Christo comes up with next.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.