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To Kill a Kingdom

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 the one thing they loathe mosta human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elians 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 more than an unsavory hobbyits his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, shes more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for goodBut can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankinds greatest enemy?...

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ISBN : 9781250112682
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Number of Pages : 342 pages
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To Kill a Kingdom Reviews

  • Sana

    remember when i said this book was good?? well it is, but you know what, the more i think about it, the more i've realized that the ending was anticlimatic as fuck and Lira and Elian's relationship can choke on balls the size of my pEn!!!!

    i guess i really hyped this up and ended up giving it 4 stars in a rush because i was really enjoying it in the moment, but once the ending came and i actually used my brain to think about it, i was like hMmMmMmMmmmm NO THIS IS KIND OF A PIECE OF SHIT!!!!

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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    Can I afford to add another book to my ever growing to-be read pile?

    No!

    Am I going to add this awesome book that seems to feature not only a siren but also a handsome pirate prince?

    ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!!!! <333

  • Katerina

    Dark, seductive and oh so beautiful.

    Dark as a stormy night.

    Seductive as the call of a siren.

    Beautiful like the bluest sea.

    I marvel at how wonderful most of the 2018 YA releases have been. Even though the time I dedicate to reading is far less than what my heart desires (thank you adult life, really), discovering books that sing their melodies to my soul and enchant me to oblivion is a fair compensation. Reading To Kill a Kingdom was last week's highlight. A blessing. It was a retelling of the Li

    “I’ ve made a mistake. It started with a prince, as most stories do.”


    But Elian is not a prince like the others. He's a pirate at heart, and the only place he feels at home is the ocean and his war ship. His kingdom and his responsibilities suffocate him, and so he roams the seas, hunting sirens and making the seas a safer place. Lira, on the other hand, is the daughter of the Sea Queen, known as the Prince's Bane. Each year she harvests a prince's heart on her birthday, as a way to prove her ruthlessness to her cruel mother and secure the loyalty of her future subjects. Monstrous and inhumanly beautiful, the sirens only exist for power, and every other feeling is considered weakness. Until the Prince's Bane and the Siren Hunter cross paths. An unpredictable turn of events brings the Sea Queen's wrath upon Lira, and she ends up exiled, having two legs instead of a tail, and an order to rip the heart out of Elian's still warm body. Elian wants to exterminate the sirens and their Queen. Lira wants to take the throne that belongs to her. In order to achieve their goals, the two sworn enemies need each other. Until the final confrontation, that will probably end with one of them dead. Which one, well that is the question.

    “So many hearts. You'll soon run out of room to bury them all.”

    “Maybe. But a princess must have her prince.”


    To Kill a Kingdom is a dark and slightly twisted fairytale. During the first half of the book, I couldn't shake the notion that it's not a typical story about the prince saving the princess, or vice-versa. Lira and Elian were both anti-heroes, two souls who seemed beneath salvation. Lira begins her narration stating nonchalantly that she collects the hearts of princes, while Elian claims that he's a murderer, and that's not his worst trait. Their hands are stained with blood, something they do not crave, but accept nonetheless. But as the story progressed, something cracked inside of them, and thus inside of me. Lira tasted freedom for the first time in her tragic life, she tasted humanity, and compassion she could not comprehend. Elian found himself trusting this venomous girl with the secrets, and somewhere along the way realised that maybe death is not the only way. In the end, I came to the conclusion that no, it was not a story of anti-heroes. It was the story of the forging of two heroes.

    “Be the queen we need you to be. ”


    I can't pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with To Kill a Kingdom. Maybe it happened during the very first chapter, maybe halfway through. Alexandra Christo has the uncanny ability of bringing characters and objects alike to life. My feelings are like the surface of the sea, calm and then tumultuous, and then peaceful once more. My mind is soaked with images and senses. I can taste licorice in my tongue, and inhale the salty air. I can see the deck of an enormous ship where a siren seethes and turns to foam. Two lonely figures gazing at the stars. A song that speaks of undying love and devotion. Black tentacles scraping skin, and evil laughter that pierces my bones. A sea named after the Devil with the colour of sapphires. Every description was heartbreakingly beautiful, and there was something in the narration that made me feel that I was sitting next to Elian and Lira, listening to their soft voices while the sun burned my skin and the cold water licked my feet. Alexandra Christo's prose was magical, her world-building simple yet full of imagination; her lores were entrancing, and her world pulsated with monsters and monstrous humans, brutality and violence, but also a fiery need to belong, to be the person you want to be instead of the one that was forced on you.

    “In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”


    The story of Elian and Lira was pure magic. Two enemies bred in blood, two souls burdened by expectations and invinsible chains, they forged an unwanted alliance, unaware that they would both change in a way they never predicted. There were no flowers and sonnets and love declarations. There were insults, betrayal, lies and deception, that tethered their souls nonetheless. Love didn't make them mushy. It made them strong, and they emerged from their trials better, wiser, more complete.

    “He has eyes like vast pools and a jaw made from shipwrecks and broken coral. Every movement he makes is as quick and fluid as a tidal wave. He belongs to the ocean. He is made from it, as much as I am.”


    Hearts are at stake in To Kill a Kingdom, a mesmerizing, deeply enthralling story about power, freedom and love. I can't recommend it highly enough!



    P.S. My only complaint is technical. Psàriin, the language of sea, is basically Greek. Being my native language, I have to point out that, even though the use of individual words was correct (and I felt really proud because that doesn't happen quite frequently), the sentences had some issues, and to a person speaking Greek they sounded funny. That's all folks!

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  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 5/5

    (I'm a big fan of caps so you'll see them a lot in my reviews)🙈

    WOW...two 5 star ratings in a row?! March just started and it's already been a great reading month. Anyways, let's get down to buisness, shall we?

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Is it weird that I am obssessed with the two main characters? They're f***ing murderers! I don't think that's ever happened before. Well...they're not THAT bad. Although they did threaten to kill people-and each other... wait no, scratch that, SPECIALLY each
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  • Yusra ✨

    guys guys the hype surrounding this book is real I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people on my goodreads feed reading the same book ? it honestly makes me really happy that it’s getting the love it deserves and I cannot wait for this author to come out with some more brilliant works <3

    initially this was a 4 star read but after a few days I’ve realized that maybe it needs be pulled down to a 3.5 bc I don’t know, I’m confused

    to kill a kingdom is the retelling you’ve been waiting for. as
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  • Emily May

    Meet our two main characters--

    Lira: In one move, I plunge my fist into the prince’s chest and pull out his heart.

    Elian: Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.


    That should give you a sense of what to expect. To Kill a Kingdom is a pretty dark fantasy for YA and it tells a compelling, vicious story without falling into all the usual tropes. I was pleasantly surprised.

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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh.

    I am just sitting here in shock and full of feels and alskfjal;skdjfa;lksjf GO ORDER THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. How am I supposed to write a coherent review? Gah!

    Okay *breathes*

    So if you haven't seen the description, this is somewhat of a little mermaid retelling, except there are lots of creatives spins that pull from other folklore as well! (For example, Midas ;))

    Lira is a siren known as the 'Prince's Bane' - and she's infamous for killing princes. Yep, that's what she does.
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  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)

    Two kingdoms that come with responsibilities we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mother’s murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.

    I LOVE IT. This book is going on my all time favorites list!

    Reading this book was an amazing experience, I absolutely flew through it. To me this book doesn’t feel like a standalone because I have grown to care for these characters
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