In all honesty I had absolutely no idea what this was truly about. I'd seen good reviews and then asked Sam to pick my next read out of about eight books. He picked To Kill a Kingdom and my god I'm glad he did. It took me about three days to read this cover to cover. It was utterly fantastic and nothing like I thought it'd be.
The Little Mermaid got darrrrrrk. This book is, I think, a Little Mermaid inspired tale but bloodthirsty. The main character Lira is a Siren, one that kills and takes the hearts of Princes on the orders of her mother The Sea Queen, who looks an awful lot like Ursula. Tentacles and all. Theres a few more nods to the Little Mermaid, like Lira's bright red hair and the fact that the Prince is named Elian. It's close enough to Eric really... Beyond that though the plots are completely different.
There were so many things about this book that I adored. The different Kingdom's and the lore that went along with it, the world building was simply incredible. Every Kingdom the Saad visited was describe in a way that it I was able to visualise it. Speaking of the Saad, Alexandra Christo has created, I feel, a squad to rival the Court of Dreams... I loved every single member of the Saad. They have such complex personalities, I only wish we were able to delve into their back story a little more. I'm praying that this isn't the only book in this series.
In fact all the characters were so complex. Particularly Lira and Elian. Their interactions were fantastic because they were always at each others throats. It's so different from what we usually see in YA. None of that insta lark. I knew how this book was going to end for the most part the minute I started reading but that didn't mean I loved it any less. In fact, I loved it more. I was waiting to see if what I had predicted came true and if so how it happened.
Alexandra Christo is an auto buy author for me now. Definitely.