I received a NetGalley copy of this book in exchange for a review.
2018 feels like it’s going to be the year of the mermaid. With Louise O’Neill’s The Surface Breaks due out in March and now To Kill a Kingdom, mermaids are clearly the next big thing. Although, technically, this isn’t a story about mermaids. This is about Sirens. Princess Lira is a Siren, next in line for the throne, and a trained killer. With the hearts of seventeen princes buried under her bedroom floor, she’s beautiful, deadly, and revered. But when she displeases her mother, the Sea Queen, she’s transformed into a human, and given a deadline – deliver the heart of Prince Elian, a sailor, pirate, and prince, by the winter solstice – or remain a human forever.
Dark and romantic YA 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 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 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?
For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. With an interesting main character, and a hate-to-love arc between the two leads, this retelling of The Little Mermaid had enough other stuff going on to keep things interesting. The main issues I had were the one-dimensional villain of the piece, and the lack of conflict between the two mains when all was revealed. But these were relatively minor issues, as they weren’t the driving force of the book. Exploring different countries and the oddly one-dimensional aspects of those was interesting, and Lira’s relationship with her cousins, together with Elian’s relationship with his crew, made for an interesting read.