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To Kill a Kingdom

Length: 12 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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A must read!

Such a great story! Thrilling, emotional and thoroughly enthralling!
Fantastic performances by the actors too!

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Intense and Intersting

This book delivered almost everything I wanted as I eagerly (figuratively speaking) turned each page to find out more! The scenes are set with vivid, descriptive language and Christo has done well at developing the two main characters.

The only thing missing for me was a slight bit more romance. I’m a sucker for it. The ending left me wanting more of the “happy ending”. I want it spelt out for me, not left up to my imagination. All in all though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the performances of both narrators!

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Cunningly Beautiful

What a fabulous story!
I have been wanting to read more books set in the ocean surrounding the theme of sirens and mermaids and boy this did not disappoint! What a fabulous narrator and amazing story!

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Excellent performance.

Excellent performance which really made this book magical, devious and seductive. The story was great as well. Highly recommend. This is one of my favourite audiobooks that I will listen to again. I’m only sad this isn’t a series...

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love love love

We need more books like this in the world. I love it so much!
The performance and the storyline is perfect!

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Fantasy worth a read

The story itself was great. Kind of a Little Mermaid vibe going on. The narrators did a great job too however there were large patches that were done over and didnt match the previous audio which took me out of the story a lot of the time.

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Exciting story

Awesome story, I really enjoyed it. The only let down was at times the audio quality of the male narrator was strange.

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Pretty good, wished it was darker

This was captivating for the first couple of chapters, loved the banter and the plot was interesting. I just wished it was more brutal and dark like during the first half of the book. Overall it was a pretty good story but it was a bit predictable and therefore not as climactic.

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little mermaid meets pirates

I really enjoyed this book it was soo good. I loved how the main character liras development and how the romance was gradual.

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My Review

OMG so I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews about this book: some saying it was amazing, & some saying it was terrible & cliche. So I finally gave it a chance, I decided to go about it via audiobook. & I’m so glad I did!

It was such a great book. The relationship between Lira & Elian didn’t feel forced but came gradually which I really liked. I loved all the characters except Yukio, I could’ve lived if she died.

The voice actors were fantastic, especially Stephanie Willis. Her voice was spot on.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves YA.

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  • katherine
  • 20-08-2018

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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  • ETW
  • 10-06-2018

Absolutely phenomenal

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

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  • Charlie-Dawn Sadler
  • 07-02-2019

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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  • Polly Ang
  • 24-11-2018

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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  • Rock
  • 22-10-2018

strong start

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