AUTHOR: ALEXANDRA CHRISTO • GENRE: YA Fantasy • PAGES: 358
NOTE- I requested a review copy of To Kill A Kingdom from the amazing people at Allen&Unwin Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
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 unsavoury 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?
Why wasn’t this made into a series! I was completely surprised that the author didn’t stretch this book out to a duology or trilogy. While it is refreshing to see a stand alone book in this genre, I feel that it could easily have been broken up into multiple books. This would have allowed for further character development (especially for the Saad crew) and would have allowed the readers to immerse themselves in each of the kingdoms. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the world that the book is set in.
At times it felt that the major plot points felt rushed or skimmed over, which again could have been elaborated on if the book was longer or split between multiples. That being said it also helps to keep up the fast pace of this novel as it isn’t bogged down with excessive detail.
Being a retelling you don’t know exactly where the author will take the story, but at the same time know that there will be given a happy ending of sorts. I think the author did quite well at adapting The Little Mermaid and making it something more dark and substantial.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼ ￼￼☕☕￼￼☕ 3.5/5 teacups
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