To Kill a Kingdom Book Review

Book: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

To Kill a Kingdom is one of those books that it seems like everyone is reading. It has all of the elements of a good fantasy book: a dark plot line, romance, a quest, and good writing. However, something was missing and I’m not sure what it is. I just found it really hard to get into this one.

This is a very dark retelling of the Little Mermaid or I think it is. Anyway, it really does remind me of the Little Mermaid, which is an okay Disney movie in my mind, but it’s not really my favourite. However, unlike all of the retellings that I have been reading lately, I really thought it was missing something. The world building really wasn’t there. I felt like it was really choppy in places and other places were really drawn out. Take the action for example. We would go pages and pages up to the build up, only to find that the battle lasted a few pages. What action we did get was very well written, but it just didn’t really fit.

I loved the characters though. Lira, Elian, and the others were very well written and developed characters. That is one thing that I think Alexandra is very good at: writing complex characters. However, with a rather unmemorable plot, I do think these characters will simply just fade away in my mind and probably never resurface. It is a shame though. I will say that the relationships really didn’t make sense to me and it took a lot away from the characters.

Overall, this is not a terrible book so to say, but it just didn’t blow me away like some other debuts that I have read. It really should had been a memorable books, but I am afraid to say that this one is going to fade away for me and never resurface.