You guys might have seen that I plan on sharing reviews more regularly on the blog in the future (as in, weekly) and today’s review is the first one for the month of March! I was really lucky to be accepted for an eARC of To Kill A Kingdom via NetGalley (especially since it seems to be more and more difficult for us international folks to request books…) and today I’ll share my thoughts on the book with you guys – in time for the release tomorrow!
In To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo we follow the perspective of both Lira and Elian. Lira is the daughter of the Sea Queen, heir to her mother’s throne and known to be a ruthless siren who kills and takes the hearts of princes for her birthday each year. Elian is a prince and heir to the Midasian throne who much prefers to spend his time with his crew on his ship the Saad which they take across the different seas to hunt and kill sirens.
Lira and Elian’s path cross when Elian saves Lira from drowning after her mother turns her into a human as a punishment with the mission to collect a prince’s heart without her siren song. We then follow Lira and Elian on different missions across the seas and as they get to know each other.
Unfortunately, the plot felt very predictable because it was so similar to The Little Mermaid (just exchange mermaids for sirens as the main characters) and even though it’s been years since I watched the movie I could still predict exactly what was going to happen which sucked. A lot.
I really enjoyed getting to know both Lira and Elian and experiencing how they saw the world around them and their roles within their respective kingdoms.
Elian was definitely someone I liked quickly which was probably related to him not wanting to fulfill a role that he was born into and instead wanted to be known and recognized for the things he accomplished himself – which is something I always admire in a character! It was also nice seeing Elian through the eyes of Madrid and Kye – two of his closest friends and crew members.
Lira has earned herself quite the reputation as the Prince’s Bane over the years but we also get to know her beyond that image through her relationship with Kahlia. Throughout the entire book, Lira is definitely a woman on a mission and I liked the way she went about it.
It’s unfortunate that we only got to know the other characters on a very basic level – I would have really liked to learn more about Madrid in particular as the details we got about her past before joining Elian’s crew would have definitely made for an interesting story in my opinion!
The lack of getting to know the immediate side characters definitely influenced my overall enjoyment of this book as we basically just got a few bullet points on any character that wasn’t Lira or Elian. Also, as a sidenote: the number of times I read Elian’s name as Elain was kind of ridiculous but also funny.
Writing & Pacing
The writing in To Kill A Kingdom was easy to follow and quick to read which I always really enjoy. The only thing that would often turn me away from reading more was the rather long chapters as I would worry about getting too tired to remember what I was reading and no one has the time to go back and reread an entire chapter, am I right?
I did really enjoy the pacing of the story though as the author never seemed to spend unnecessary time explaining details the reader could easily do without (like always describing travels and how the characters got from point A to B exactly).
To Kill A Kingdom also featured a story that was a good mixture of action and character development without feeling like either overpowered or hindered the other.
Overall, I did enjoy this book but I don’t see myself going back to it anytime soon since the story was pretty predictable which would make a reread a lot less fun, in my opinion. This is probably the kind of book I would lend from the library rather than get a copy myself for the reasons I just mentioned, but I would still recommend you give this book a chance and read it! And if you’re unsure if you’re going to love it or not, you could always get it from the library or request it from your library if they don’t have it at the moment – you’re still showing your support for the author that way!
Where To Get The Book
Did any of you guys read this book early too? If so, how did you feel about it? And those of you guys who haven’t read this book yet – do you think you’ll be picking it up after the release tomorrow? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments down below!