Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

For a pirate, you’re not a very good liar

I had heard good things about To Kill a Kingdom and it didn’t disappoint. It just got a little predictable at some points, but it very much is a re-imagining of The Little Mermaid.

Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


Title & Author: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release date: March 6 2018
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Feiwell & Friends


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?

I give To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo four out of five hearts because it was a great read, but predictable at certain points.

It took me forever to get hooked enough to make me want to finish the novel. I was already 153 pages in before I picked it back up during the MagicalAllNighter of the N.E.W.T.s Read-a-thon and still finished it that same evening.

I loved Lira in the beginning, she is a cruel and refreshing character, but the further the story moves along the less I cared about her. She behaves more and more like she doesn’t care about Elian and then all of a sudden falls in love with him.

Elian is an interesting character, but I wish Alexandra had put more effort into explaining why he exchanged the palace for the sea at some point. The only think we know is that he prefers it over the restrictions the palace puts on him.

Madrid, Kye and the other characters were great even though they weren’t as much in frame as Elian and Lira. They had so much banter, between themselves but also with Elian and Lira I was constant snickering while reading. I had a lot of fun.

I did like the world, with mermaids, sirens, pirates and lots of kingdoms. Usually worlds only have one of these and so I was really happy that they were all there. And the interactions between them were very interesting to see. The world has a lot of potential for even more stories.

Overall I loved To Kill a Kingdom, even though it was a little bit predictable and you could point out all the points Alexandra had taken from The Little Mermaid and other stories. But still it was a great novel. I am curious what Alexandra can come up with now.

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