To Kill a Kingdom - book cover
Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Publisher : Square Fish; Reprint edition
  • Published : 05 Mar 2019
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN-10 : 1250112702
  • ISBN-13 : 9781250112705
  • Language : English

To Kill a Kingdom

This action-packed YA debut pits a deadly siren princess and a siren-hunting human prince against each other as they fight to protect their kingdoms.

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 and 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?

Alexandra Christo's young adult novel To Kill a Kingdom is a thrilling fantasy adventure.

"With well-crafted fight scenes and vivid descriptions, Christo has created a world of beauty and monstrosity that will draw readers in." ―Publishers Weekly

"Fantasy fans will like the idea of sirens and piratelike princes as the characters who are imaginative and well developed." ―School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

"With well-crafted fight scenes and vivid descriptions, Christo has created a world of beauty and monstrosity that will draw readers in." ―Publishers Weekly

"Fantasy fans will like the idea of sirens and piratelike princes as the characters who are imaginative and well developed." ―School Library Journal

"Readers who enjoy dark fairy tales of The Little Mermaid persuasion will sink into this bloody tale with pleasure." ―RT Book Reviews

"The world building is deft, and the spectacular ending is a happy one for Lira and Elian, but it will leave readers blissfully wanting more." ―The Bulletin

"Stellar world building and nonstop action will keep readers hooked on this twisted reimagining of 'The Little Mermaid'." Booklist Online

Readers Top Reviews

Sidrah YasminHann
Had the last few chapters been written better than they are, I would have probably given the book 4/5 stars. I don't usually read stand alone fantasy novels, because I think they are too rushed, the description of the mythical creature is poor, the history behind the plot is not explained cohesively etc. But, I was very surprised with this book. I really enjoyed the little history that was given- I'm not a fan of a complex, in depth history lesson when I'm reading. I like straight forward, black and white, minimal detailed history, because I don't think it's ever all relevant to the plot, and it is usually incredibly boring. The mermaids are described nicely and the plot was a steady pace. I do think it could have been slightly faster, but that does not affect my rating, because I didn't get bored whilst reading. The characters are likeable, especially Lira. I loved her savage, fierce, witty personality. She is so independent. Her confidence level is through the roof and she has high- self esteem. She never once doubted her abilities and what she is capable of, which was very refreshing to read, because often times the male protagonist has to constantly reinforce to the female protagonist that she is good enough, moral enough, talented enough etc. Lira was her own best friend and I loved this. She is very cool, and I have never described a female protagonist using this adjective before. Elijah is not as bad as some of the reviews make him out to be. His character is definitely not as developed as Lira, but he is very established and talented. He has a path, but there is a lot of uncertainty and fear in his life to branch out and ultimately become an outcast. I think to lift his spirits he acts cocky at times. I did not like his arrogance at all, I will admit but I do understand where it was coming from. Also, Lira always simmered him down- she balanced him out. The plot was very easy and coherent to follow. It is a cute, simply story line, with a little depth. It was very refreshing for me, because I was used to very fast- paced, action- packed fantasy novels. Although, this book did have all this, it was much more controlled. The imagery was great, until the last few chapters where everything was a blur in terms of setting and what was happening. I was very confused. The setting was horribly explained, the mermaids were poorly introduced and the events were shady. It was very weird to read. I didn't like this at all. The love story between the two was convenient. I totally believe that they could be friends. They did admire one another, they were very sarcastic to each other and they bounced off each other's personality, but partners, absolutely not! I enjoyed reading their banter and I think that consistency was very grounding, and it kept me engaged. Their love story was very slow paced for the first ...
MattMuseThayna Ho
I hate leaving bad reviews of books, but I am writing this one for any readers who (like me) value good writing first and foremost. For me, any potential enjoyment of the plot or characters was prevented by the fact that it isn't particularly well written and I found the descriptive language so clumsy that half the time I was puzzling out what image the author was trying to convey. I found a number of metaphors odd, and some words just didn't make sense to me where they were used (hair slavering over someone's shoulder? Eh?). I'm an advanced reader with a high level of reading comprehension, and an appreciation for figurative language, but I struggled with this book. I was heartily relieved to be finished with it - and left feeling rather irritated that I had bought it. Just about okay for a self-published effort, but this isn't self published so my expectations (not unreasonably) are higher.

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