To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

To Kill A KingdomFrom the publisher, “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?” 

This is not a twist of the traditional Little Mermaid as I have read in comments by others.  There are mermaids and sirens, and a prince that is to be killed but that’s about all the stories have in common.  The brutal undersea kingdom of the sirens is exquisitely described by the author.  The sirens don’t just drown sailors.  The goal is to kill the victim while the heart is still beating, torn from the chest by sharp fingernails.  The story is told in alternating voices of Lira, siren turned human, and Prince Elian.  This technique allows the reader to better understand each character, particularly Lira’s dilemma. It’s difficult to not like them both and root for a happy ending.  To Kill a Kingdom is a well-crafted story:  brisk pace, action, adventure, violence and a bit of romance.  I look forward to more from this author.  Highly recommend.

eGalley review                                                      Publication date 3.6.18

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