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To Kill a Kingdom

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To Kill a Kingdom

Princess Lira is the worthy heir to the mighty, hidden kingdom of Keto. She is known as the “Princes’ Bane” --- irresistible, cunning and ruthless. Mercy, kindness and consideration are all traits of the weak and there is nothing better than having power. Oh yeah, did I mention she’s a siren?

When the Sea Queen --- Lira’s “beloved” mother --- punishes Lira for committing the greatest sin known to sirenkind, Lira decides that she will stop at nothing to complete her punishment and prove her worth as heir. Her task is to bring the Queen Prince Elian’s heart --- as a human.

"Alexandra Christo’s debut novel shows great promise for her future as an author in the YA world. TO KILL A KINGDOM is an easy read that flows smoothly into the imagination of the reader."

Prince Elian is the reluctant heir to the kingdom of Midas. With a limitless supply of gold at his disposal you’d think Elian would be more than ready to take the throne. Instead he aches for an endless voyage across the seas. It isn’t just the ocean that draws him to a life of adventure (although it is about 50%), Elian has one goal to accomplish before settling down as King: he wants to rid the world of sirens and the Princes’ Bane is first on his list. When, Elian sets off on a hunt for what could be the solution to his goal, he rescues a strange girl his crew saved from drowning.

Alexandra Christo’s debut novel shows great promise for her future as an author in the YA world. TO KILL A KINGDOM is an easy read that flows smoothly into the imagination of the readers. Unfortunately, this can also make the plot simpler than most stories. What I noticed the most is that only one character truly developed and that was somewhat disappointing. Nevertheless, the experience while reading it is amazing. I couldn’t wait to find out how it ended but setting down the book was not difficult. With that being said, TO KILL A KINGDOM can certainly create an urge to finish the story in one sitting but will be enjoyed just as well if it is read with breaks in between.

The plot twists were nothing to really gape at since the plot followed the basic YA structure. Even so, there were many moments that created uncertainties in the predictions made. However, Christo incorporated her fair share of predictability in the book. Certain points even seemed annoyingly obvious but just as entertaining as the rest of the story. Although the clichéd portions of the book may repel some readers, it important to note that there is rarely a book in the YA world that is completely devoid of cheesy lines or scenarios. Overall, Christo did a great job of balancing the unexpected with the predictable.

I do not usually gravitate towards the fantasy genre so I can’t say I am an expert in the field but it is obvious to any reader that TO KILL A KINGDOM fits right into the genre. You can’t have fantasy without some sort of mythical beings or magic and TO KILL A KINGDOM has a mix of both. At the same time, Christo made sure to remain within sight of what could perhaps be the overall message of the book. Sadly, readers will have to figure out exactly what that message is since relaying it to you here would be a terrible spoiler. Christo incorporated plenty of allusions to other stories and occasionally conjured images of well-known plots cinema and literary works. Christo certainly had The Little Mermaid in mind for some scenes but whether or not Pirates of the Caribbean was an inspiration remains unknown.

TO KILL A KINGDOM is a must-read for lovers of the fantasy genre. If you prefer more realistic stories then this book might not be your cup of tea (even so, it’s always a good idea to try out a new genre). However, if you’re an active reader of magic-based stories, star crossed lovers, or awesome trips then you should definitely add this book to your list!

Reviewed by on April 25, 2018

To Kill a Kingdom
by Alexandra Christo

  • Publication Date: March 5, 2019
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • ISBN-10: 1250112702
  • ISBN-13: 9781250112705