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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 was really excited to read TO KILL A KINGDOM when I saw pictures of this book popping up everywhere, so I was thrilled when I received this book as part of my blogger package from Fierce Reads. As a debut, this book wasn’t bad, but it didn’t exceed my expectations.
TO KILL A KINGDOM follows Lira as she is punished and turned into a human and sent to kill Prince Elian. Concurrently, Elian is on a mission to kill Lira and obtain a special artifact from the highest place in the world. This novel reminded me a lot of DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN, so fans of that duology would probably adore this as well.
I thought Christo did a great job with developing the plot and conflicts, as the story unfolded very quickly, without lags in the storytelling. However, I have a few reservations with this novel. While Christo writes a rapidly unfolding plot, I felt like this book’s pacing was a bit too fast for my taste. The fight scenes were over too quickly, and I feel like this novel could have done well or even better as a duology. Additionally, this novel is told in alternating perspectives between Lira and Elian, but the chapters didn’t indicate whose perspective it was in, which was a bit tough to read in the beginning as we were getting introduced to these characters.
Overall, while TO KILL A KINGDOM had a few meritable aspects, I felt as if it could have fared better as a duology as many of the scenes felt rushed in the 300-some pages of this novel. Nevertheless, I will consider reading more of Christo’s novels in the future, but perhaps not if they have to do with more siren main characters (I think I’m getting sick of these stories). Definitely check this book out if you were a fan of the DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING duology.
Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.