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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that To Kill a Kingdom is a sea-faring fantasy novel about a princely pirate captain and a siren in human form. The level of violence is occasionally intense, usually involving swords but sometimes claws and teeth. Sexual content is limited to a couple of passionate embraces. Swearing is limited, but "whore," "bastard," "hell," and "damn" are used a few times each.
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What's the story?
At the start of TO KILL A KINGDOM, Princess Lira causes the death of one of her fellow sirens and earns the wrath of her mother, the Sea Queen. As punishment, she's enchanted into human form and will stay that way unless she rips out the living heart of a prince before the solstice. Bereft of her fins and gills, Lira is soon at the mercy of explorer and adventurer Prince Elian, who has sworn to destroy the sirens once and for all. Can either of them survive the revelation of their secrets?
Is it any good?
Choosing a siren for a protagonist is a bold choice for a fantasy, but this oceanic romance makes the most of its imaginative conceit. In To Kill a Kingdom, author Alexandra Christo takes an original tack for this tale of star-crossed lovers. Elian and especially Lira are multidimensional characters who undergo interesting transitions over the course of the book, and the monstrous Sea Queen proves to be a formidable antagonist at the climax. The story is neatly self-contained, with no need for a long wait for resolution.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how To Kill a Kingdom uses aspects of ancient mythology. Why are sirens, mermaids, and mermen interesting to modern readers?
Sirens and humans are in constant conflict in To Kill a Kingdom. What human conflicts have lasted decades or more?
What role does violence play in To Kill a Kingdom? Is warfare depicted as an effective strategy for change?
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