My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
The first thing to note about this book is the fact it is a stand alone fantasy book which seems to be as rare as a mythical creature these days. It was so satisfying to read this knowing there would be a conclusion to the story and not having to mentally commit myself to waiting for further books in the series.
The second thing to note is that it’s very likely you’ll be hooked on this story from the very first sentence. This book is dark and bloody and romantic in an odd, eccentric way.
Lightly borrowing from ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ follows Lira, a siren princess who is punished by her mother, the sea queen, and turned into a human. Prince Elian is the heir to the golden kingdom of Midas but spends his days at sea as a notorious pirate and siren hunter. He finds Lira floating in the sea and, not realising her true identity, rescues her. Lira bargains her way onto the crew and they set off on an adventure to locate the key to destroying the sea queen once and for all.
‘To Kill a Kingdom’ is almost 400 pages long but I barely noticed the pages speeding by. The story is perfectly mapped out and so compelling I didn’t want it to end. I loved the descriptions of Lira and the other sirens and the distinctions made between sirens and mermaids. The under water world they lived in came to life in my imagination, as did the vivid kingdoms on land. It was all so unique and delicately described.
I found the romance between Lira and Elian a little hard to believe at times, but then thought if i’m able to emotionally invest myself in a story about sirens and pirates I can’t really complain that a romance between two characters is “unbelievable”. Once I allowed myself to get swept up in it all, I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the book and willed them to end up together.
I thought I would enjoy this book, but I didn’t know I would fall in love with the characters and the world as much as I did.