To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo | Book Review

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Title: To Kill a Kingdom 
Author: Alexandra Christo
Published: 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★☆


I have a heart for every year I've been alive.

There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they're still there. Buried deep and bloody.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed in humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or remain a human forever. 

Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world, and captain to a deadly crew of siren hunters. When he rescues a drowning woman from the ocean, she promises to help him destroy sirenkind for good. But he has no way of knowing whether he can trust her...

Blurb from the UK paperback edition.


Sirens, hunters, ships, sea and romance - what more could you want from a fantasy? This is a novel that manages to fit a whole lot of action into just 357 pages, a length I was quite shocked at as that is very short for a fantasy and did have me a bit anxious to dive right in (pun intended...) Whenever asked if I like series or one-offs, I am always for a series as I love to get more involved with the characters and see them develop over time. This is very hard to do in one book and rarely happens to the same level. So not only this being so short but also a stand-alone, it is a rare species to find in the fantasy book world. 

But I have to say I am annoyed I didn't pick it up as soon as I got it. It ticks almost all the boxes for a good fantasy and some that are often missed. For me, my favourite part of this book is the friendships within it, especially amongst Elian and his crew. They made me smile and I just wanted to read more about their lives together on their ship. 

If you have read Six of Crows and loved it, I would definitely say to give this ago, or vice versa, as the friendships in this I kept reminding me of the other. Six of crows is one of my favourite books, mainly because of its friendships (and so much more but we won't get into that now) so to read somthing so similar in that respect was great. 

I would describe this as a darker version of the Litte Mermaid crossed with Six of Crows. Sounds good right?

My only problem is I would like to have seen more of the characters, which isn't a bad problem to have. With it being so short and being told from a duel person, it is just not possible to have to depth or time to get to really know the characters as much as I would have wanted to. I wanted to see more plot as it did feel a bit rushed, and more of their every day lives on the ship that just the main bits of plot.  That's why it just can't get a 5 star rating despite being so close. 

What is your favourite fantasy retelling? I seem to be really enjoying those right now so would love some recommendations! 


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