It’s the princes who hold the allure. In their youth. In the allegiance of their people. In the promise of the leader they could one day become. They are the next generation of rules, and by killing them, I kill the future. Just as my mother taught me.
In this wonderfully dark retelling of Little Mermaid a siren who collects hearts of princes meets a prince who kills sirens.
The writing is beautiful and captivating. It creates a sort of ethereal aura around this story. It makes it feel more magical, more like fairytale.
Both Lira and Elian are morally grey characters. Technically both of them are murderers, but as we get to know them better it turns out that the truth is not as simple.
The dynamic between the main characters is probably my favourite part of this book. Their banter gave me so much joy, I actually laughed out loud a couple of times. And omg enemies to lovers trope – do I really have to say more?
It’s definitely not the most intricate and unpredictable plot ever, but it’s highly enjoyable and addicting. The story is fast paced, but it doesn’t feel rushed. There is enough time to introduce the reader to this (amazing and unique) world. There is enough time to explain the lore of the sirens. There is enough time for the relationships to naturally develop and evolve. This story has everything I could ever want and a little bit more.
To Kill a Kingdom has everything a good book should have. I knew I was going to love it from the very first page and I wasn’t wrong. I already want to reread it.