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25 October 2018

Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill A Kingdom is fabulously dark and perfect for this time of year. This Little Mermaid retelling really twists the tale and makes it even darker. It's a bit gory, very dark, and a gripping read.

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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 into 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… 

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5 Words: Sirens, pirates, princes, power, family.

I think my favourite thing about this book was the brutality. The siren's are violent, and Lira perhaps the most violent of all. It is a dark book, filled with death.

I loved the pace. I struggled to put this book down and I loved the story.

I wasn't such a fan of Elian. I'm not sure what it was about him, but nah. I didn't like him.

Honestly though, Lira. I loved her. I loved her conviction, her scheming, her strength, her sense of purpose. She is a hard character, and I loved that about her. At times I wanted to skip Elian's chapters to read more from her.

I did struggle with the descriptions. They weren't clear enough for me to picture the sirens or the mermaids or even the places. I think this is probably down to the length of the book - there just isn't space for more description. Which is a shame, because I am a huge fun of description and would rather too much than too little. I know that people who are all about the action will love it though.

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a dark re-imagining of The Little Mermaid, who isn't a fan of a huge amount of description. It's fast paced and packed with action.

What's your favourite retelling?


  1. Never heard of this book before but I really like the cover! Lovely review, Cora!😊

    Shirley |

  2. I can't wait to reread this delicious book again! Your review has sparked my love for it all over again! x

    -Becca @

  3. Never heard of this book but will be checking it out, great review babe 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x

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  4. Lack of descriptive language in a book like this would put me right off, I'm afraid! Fantasy needs to be SO descriptive otherwise how do you know what the author was imagining?!



    This sounds awesome.

    S .x

  6. I've not heard of this book but I love retellings - I recently read an Alice in Wonderland retelling which was fabulous. I'll have to look out for this one now, Lira sounds wonderful! x

    Lisa |

  7. Ooo, this sounds interesting! I hadn't heard of this before. It's probably not the usual type of book I would read, but it does sound like it's the right time of the year now to read this! Haha. It's a shame that the descriptions let you down, I love reading books and imagining it all from the descriptions! Great review, as always :)


  8. Ooooh I have heard of this book! At least read the summary on Amazon! It had me so intrigued! I do love some lengthy creative descriptions though!

  9. A dark and brutal version of The Little Mermaid? Now I am intrigued! Your reviews are always so descriptive and well written. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Cora! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  10. I NEED to check this one out soon!!

  11. I've been eyeing this one - I might have to try it. :)

  12. I absolutely loved this book. I definitely preferred Lira's chapters.


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