To Kill a Kingdom
by Alexandra Christo
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 picked up ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ as part of the Mythathon and the N.E.W.T.S readathon. It was the group book for the Aphrodite group in the mythathon and fulfilled the prompt
‘To Kill a Kingdom’ is a duel perspective story where we follow Lira and Elian. This story is very much a Little Mermaid retelling but instead of mermaids we follow Sirens, this gives the story a dark twist that really made the story more interesting.
I like Lira as a character she is a badass Siren but really develops as a character throughout the story and begins to see the realities of her world. She also begins to develop a moral compass that begins to guide her throughout the book.
I enjoyed my time reading ‘To Kill a Kingdom’, I haven’t picked up many retellings and I am usually very cautious when reading them. This however was an enjoyable read that was easy to get through. I definitely saw the little mermaid the whole time I was reading which I have’t experienced when reading a retelling before.
If you like The Little Mermaid and retellings I think this could be a read you enjoy!
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 5.5/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Are there any other Retellings you would recommend?