Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 star
I received a proof of this book with thanks to the publisher Hot Key Books. My thanks goes out to them but this in no way affects my opinion of the book.
To Kill a Kingdom is the dark fantasy debut of Alexandra Christo. It follows the story a prince hunting siren princess and a siren hunter prince. It has sass, it is fierce and the characters are amazing. There is no mention of this literally anywhere I’ve read about this book but it is quite clearly from very early on in the book that this is a very dark The Little Mermaid retelling. The similarities are just too similar for coincidence, but I ADORE this! The Little Mermaid is my favourite fairytale and I love fairytale retellings so the fact made my enjoyment of this book skyrocket.
The characters in this book are just amazing. Each one is so different but all of them have depth and personality. Our MCs Elian (the prince) and Lira (the siren) have such sass and pomp. Elian being a rebellious pirate prince and Lira being fierce and murderous, they’re quite similar in some ways but opposite in others and I loved their clashes – they compliment each other brilliantly. My favourite character by far in the book though was Kye, Elian’s sassy and fashionable thieve bodyguard and best friend. His whole character just wiped me right from the off.
The book is marketed as being perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo, well, I’ve never read any Leigh Bardugo so I can’t speak for that but I have read and enjoyed a good selection of Sarah J Maas and I’d personally say Alexandra Christo’s debut is much better than anything Maas has ever written. Definitely a book that I can see turning into a big hit with readers.
I’d definitely recommend this one!