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 most—a human. Robbed of her song, 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 more than an unsavory hobby—it’s 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? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
A darkly delicous story of a Siren with a taste for royal hearts and the Prince who will take hers.
Oh my goodness guys, I f#cking love this book! When I spotted it on Netgalley I was like, hmm dark mermaid story? YES PLEASE! I think I have an unhealthy obsession with mermaids, but they’re just so cool!
When I was first introduced to Lira, I immediately loved her. She is so wicked and completely alluring, and aside from the whole ripping out hearts – which I’m all for by the way – she is one fierce woman. The actions she took were never sugar-coated and that made the story even darker and delicious.
Elian is not your typical prince. He doesn’t even see himself as one, but instead a pirate and a captain. His crew are his family and he’s loyal to every one of them. His disdain for Sirens is potent, just as Lira’s for humans. His mission is to take out the merciless Sea Queen and her species along with her.
The Sea Queen is best described as a complete b#tch. She doesn’t believe in mercy or love and strikes fear into the hearts of all she commands. She has no quarrel’s with taking a life from one of her own, even when it comes to her daughter. You wouldn’t want to cross her basically.
Lira and Elian clash immediately and trust is evidently not forthcoming. I enjoyed the rapport between one and other and the slow growth of their relationship. You will find no inst-love here.
Lira grew immensely throughout the book and realised a few things about herself and the world around her. She’s definitely one of my all time favourite characters!
While the story is a nod towards The Little Mermaid, it’s not obvious and not an outright retelling at all. It’s so much more. I was captivated from the word go and fell into the world. The story literally lifted from the pages and lured me down into its murky depths. It’s a dark and twisted story and I devoured every minute of it.
To Kill A Kingdom is due to release 6th March 2018.
*I’d like to thank Netgalley and Hot Key Books for sending the book my way in return for an honest review*