To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra ChristoTo Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill A Kingdom

byAlexandra Christo

Hardcover | March 6, 2018

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Lira, a famous siren, must prove herself by stealing the heart of the man, a prince, threatening their race in this dark and action-packed debut.

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 debut is a dark and richly imagined take on The Little Mermaid that will leave readers breathless.

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn't be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she's not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing...
Title:To Kill A KingdomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1.28 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250112680

ISBN - 13:9781250112682


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deliciously Deadly To Kill a Kingdom definitely lives up to the heaps of praises I've seen floating around the book community. While the story didn't blow my mind, my expectations were easily met. There was plenty of action and adventures filling the pages of To Kill a Kingdom. Ms. Christo did not leave anything out. Some of the gory moments were quite graphic and I must say not for the faint of heart. I cringed more than a few times but I was also totally all for the descriptive details (conflicting I know but just like this book). It was so easy to visualize the world and all its fine points. The kingdoms were delicate and the politics intricate. To Kill a Kingdom was all about the characters. Specifically Princess Lira and Prince Elian were incredible. Both were royalty with much weight on their shoulders. We got to witness their complexities and growths first hand as they faced conflicts within and outside themselves. Driven, unyielding and even vicious- they stopped at nothing to achieve their goals. Noble or not Lira and Elian were outstanding characters. I loved unraveling their hidden depths. There's definitely some hate-to-love romance in To Kill a Kingdom. It's not a big part of the story though I thought it was pretty essential to the story's development. I was all for the tension between Lira and Elian. The slow burn simmered nicely behind their distrust for each other; their bantering always teetered between delicious and deadly. The balance was beautiful though I certainly wouldn't have minded some more kissing ;) I have some minor issues with how the climax played out. However those are entirely my personal preference so I won't say much except things felt a little too smooth. I had hoped for a little more consequences to past actions. Add To Kill a Kingdom to your TBR because there's much swashbuckling adventures to be had with these dark and enchanting characters in their eye-opening world. I'm excited to see what the author will give us next.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Read This book was a nice enough book to read but I would recommend going in with no expectations. It was a little bit too cliche and the characters fell flat for me.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Well, this was a bloody good time. I'd actually not heard about this one until it showed up at my house. The synopsis intrigued me enough to start reading the book right away. If you want a dark side to the Disney classics, give this a go. To Kill Kingdom is a dark and twisty Little Mermaid retelling. I pulled parallels from the movie, which I was living for. Christo turned that classic movie on its head. Lots of stab stab stab and conniving and scheming and banter and pirates and sirens and royals. FUN TIMES, YEA?! Honestly, if you're a fan of Six of Crows and Daughter of the Pirate King this is exactly the book you should be watching for upon release in spring 2018. Get it on your TBR's!
Date published: 2018-03-07

Editorial Reviews

"Arrogant and often merciless, Lira and Elian are not totally likable, especially in their careless disregard for life, human or otherwise, but there's an appealing prickliness to their confidence, magnified by their quippy dialogue. As narrators, Lira and Elian have distinct voices, but for all their swagger, both characters are struggling under the expectations of their parents and in their role in war that started long before they were even born. 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 of the Center for Children's Books"With well-crafted fight scenes and vivid descriptions, Christo has created a world of beauty and monstrosity that will draw readers in."-Publishers Weekly"Stellar world building and nonstop action will keep readers hooked on this twisted reimagining of "The Little Mermaid."-Booklist Online"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