To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Fantasy. Young Adult
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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?
Oh my Gosh! This book has left me all mushy-mushy. Such wonderful writing, loving characters and the story of a lifetime.
“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”
Princess Lira- a siren and the next in line for the crown has been raised as a warrior and a killer. She has been taught to be merciless and brutal. Each year on her birthday she takes a human prince’s heart and presents it to her mother- The Siren Queen, hence proving her dedication and zeal towards the siren kind. But her mother is shrewd and vicious and nothing makes her happy. He mother takes a special kind of delight in hurting Lira and the Kahlia- her cousin, who Lira loves more than herself. But fate had other plans for her. When Lira kills a mermaid, The Sea Queen turns her into a human and she can only turn back into a siren if she brings the heart of a sailor.
“It’s the princes who hold the allure. In their youth. In the allegiance of their people. In the promise of the leader they could one day become. They are the next generation of rules, and by killing them, I kill the future. Just as my mother taught me.”
Enter Elian: a hot prince cum pirate, the kind of man we all desire- strong, ruggedly handsome, witty and has a sense of humor. Yeah, a deadly combination.
“He has eyes like vast pools and a jaw made from shipwrecks and broken coral. Every movement he makes is as quick and fluid as a tidal wave. He belongs to the ocean. He is made from it, as much as I am.”
As Lira and Elian meet, Lira finds out that Elian seeks the Eye of Keto- a powerful and magical thing that can destroy all sirens. Lira agrees to help him find it but keeps planning ways to take both- the eye and Elian’s heart. I mean that literally.
As they get to know each other, Lira and Elian are drawn close to each other. I loved everything about this story. It’s full of purpose and no time had been wasted on things that don’t serve the purpose. There’s no lengthy heart to heart or romance scene, but the longing they have for each other, the trust and the betrayal keeps lingering as a shadow. Hence, very powerful writing. The climax was action packed and it took it’s own time, to prove points and tie each thread up carefully and precisely.
With an extremely innovative plot and fresh writing, Alexandra Christo has left me craving for more.
Another Favourite read 🙂