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To Kill a Kingdom

Length: 12 hrs
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Summary

Dark and romantic young adult fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas - about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all.  

With the hearts of 17 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 unsavoury 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?

©2018 Alexandra Christo and Jacob York (P)2018 Bonnier

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Arghhhh I don’t know...

If you’re looking for a heavy romance/action you haven’t found it. It is a slow burn and the only intimacies are a few shared kisses towards the end. Which isn’t a problem unless you are looking for that. I found that the sea queen was so cliche, and just like a typical villain, speaks loads and doesn’t pose the threat that was building/promised throughout the book. She was really awesome and gritty till the end where it felt rather anticlimactic. Where she just stands there hissing and leaving opportunity in the fight. I found the battles underwhelming and really hard to visualise, especially with sea creatures being on land and settings poorly described. Although, the pairing was fun as they had great conversations that left me giggling, this book didn’t really grab me at all. It was very much a mix of Stardust/TLM/Sinbad which is an awesome mix but too obvious/PG for me.

If you are looking for another heavy read after ACOTAR, as this comes up in reccomended, this will not relieve you. I’m currently hunting for another Rhysand/Feyre power couple and that connection between the characters. Although, this book is a great adventure and I did enjoy listening to it. The double narrating was a bit hard to follow with Yakiko being cast as a sinister old voice by the male narrator and innocent by the female voice.

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Absolutely phenomenal

Great cast, gripping story & wonderfully slow burn hate to love romance. Cannot wait for more from this author!

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Mean version of the Little Mermaid

Not a fan of this book. Basically an adult version of the Little Mermaid... but not quite adult enough. Just fighting and blood and an obvious relationship. I don’t like criticising books but the author could have done so much more with this story line instead of following the obvious.

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Awsome Book

absolutly love the story. there were a few small things naretivly i would have prefered to be difrent, but other than that, it was brilliant. 😊

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  • Daniel
  • LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY, Herts, United Kingdom
  • 05-05-19

An extremely entertaining twisted fantasy

This book is FANTASTIC! The book take a different take on sirens and mermaids, which I have loved because mermaids are often depicted as the beautiful ones. The voice actors especially Stephanie Willis are amazing, Stephanie even sounds like she could be a siren princess.

I also really enjoyed the way the book was written as it you gain two perspectives as the story unfolds from the two main characters. Which again is really entertaining as this voice actors bring it to life.

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loved it!

I really enjoyed this. I thought it was a really unique take on sirens and mermaids and the like. I thought it was really interesting and clever. gutted that it isn't a series but enjoyed it anyway

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Addictive!

The story is just gripping and to hear from both Lira & Elian’s point of view makes it that much better.
A story of Sirens & Humans makes this book different as it’s usually mermaids but the Sirens are more deadly and more alluring.
I do hope Christo writes a sequel!

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Intriguing from start to finish

A fantastical story with brilliant descriptions of both land and sea.

I loved the two voices for the characters, although a lot of the crew had different accents and I would say the two voice actors didn’t always nail them so it could be confusing at times. For example, I have no idea if the first mate was from London or Ireland because the accent was different depending on who was narrating.

That’s really nit picky though and I did love the story!

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Mesmerizing retelling of a favourite tale

The 12 hours fly by as the engaging story and skillful narration pull you further into the gripping world of mermaids and magical kingdoms.

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strong start

Had all the potential but lost it. Not enough character development and story pace was too slow then too fast.

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