To Kill a Kingdom

“A magical book with just the right amount of sinister.”


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 a human. Robbed of her lethal singing, 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 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?


I loved this book! I’ve always adored books about mermaids, especially when it comes to the Little Mermaid. This retelling was right up my alley.

What I really liked about this book is that the main character, Lira, is not a mermaid, but a bloodthirsty siren. Alexandra Christo described Lira as a strong character, and I loved her from the very first chapter. I liked the characters that were introduced afterwards almost as much – I fell in love with Elian right away and couldn’t stop reading. I also really liked the bond between Lira and Elian.

I thought that Alexandra Christo’s writing style was very magical, which sometimes made it seem like I was reading an original Disney story. I was enchanted by the descriptions of the different worlds, even if they were a bit gruesome at times. I finished this book very quickly, and when I finished it, I craved for more.

The only downside was that I thought that the beginning of this book was very slow. It was that I knew that the book would get better later on, otherwise I think I would have put down the book.


To Kill a Kingdom is a very beautiful book, with characters that I fell in love with. I would definitely recommended this book if you like these type of mermaid books.

Product information
Written by: Alexandra Christo
Pages: 344
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250112682
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