I’ve had To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo downloaded for a while.
It’s a really beautiful retelling of The Little Mermaid – though alot darker.
I did find that the build up was a bit too slow, and consequently the ending where all the action happened was too rushed.
The romance wasn’t really convincing to me. It was very slow burn but if I hadn’t known of The Little Mermaid, I wouldn’t have noticed the characters falling in love.
However the characters are multi-dimensional and excellently written. You get POV from Lira, a siren princess, and Elian, a siren killer prince, and I enjoyed both which is rare for me in books with multiple POVs.
I wish the sea queen had a bit more depth to her – I love conflicted villains and this would have been a perfect opportunity.
Overall, I’m glad I read it – it’s always good to have a standalone fantasy novel.
Do you have any favourite standalone fantasy novels?