HUGE thank you to Fierce Reads for letting me take part in the TO KILL A KINGDOM blog tour! Keep reading for my review!
A lot of my review of this one is going to focus on personal preference. So keep that in mind, because I truly believe that even if a book wasn’t my cup of tea, it’s someone else’s.
First off, one thing I really did like about To Kill a Kingdom was the adventure-y bits. I really wasn’t expecting that kind of story, and I’m a sucker for a good adventure. At times it put me in mind of last year’s Even the Darkest Stars, so if you enjoyed that one definitely check out this one. It did tend to lose me at times with overdone descriptions and some purple-y prose, but some people eat that stuff up, so this could be a non-issue for a lot of readers.
Now, my issues with this book are, you guessed it, preference issues. This book was definitely grittier than I wanted. I’m honestly over the whole “gritty fantasy” trend, and while this is definitely only YA level gritty, it just wasn’t my favorite. BUT! A lot of people- seems like most ya readers I know to be honest- enjoy their books with a huge side of grit. So this isn’t really a problem with the book, it’s a problem with me.
My other issue was that I just couldn’t connect to the characters. They’re harsh, and both a bit morally questionable. Again, this seems to be a trend that people are enjoying that is somehow just not hitting me in the feels. So, Book, it’s not you, it’s me.
Overall, while To Kill a Kingdom might not have been everything I was hoping for, I do think it’s a well written book and that there is a huge audience for it. If you like dark sea adventures, this ones definitely for you.