Once Lira is turned into a human she is found floating in the middle of the ocean by Prince Elian whom is also a pirate. He's a wonderer and feels as though it's his duty to protect his kingdoms from sirens. Prince Elian jumps into the water to save her, only to be met by contempt from Lira, she tries to fight him after saving her life and he ties her up treating her like an enemy instead of a drowning victim. His crew is reluctant to trust her and intrigued by her at the same time, especially when she starts speaking in her siren's language to a siren they captured. It's not until she commits a heroic act against the pirate prince that he and the rest of the crew begin to trust her. And thus, begins there quest for the Eye of Keto, which is the eye of the Siren goddess of the sea that gives immense power to the one that discovers it, its other half of the eye is in the queen's triton, that gives the queen her power. Elian is searching for it because he wants to end the sirens once and for all and Lira wants it to overthrow her mother. They both have an agenda and it will only end in betrayal.
I would say the relationship between Lira and Elian is a slow burn, it's an enemies to lovers in terms of romance, I feel like some of the bickering between the two could've been toned down a little to give the reader more time with the two getting along and being with each other, because when it came down to the the time where they realized their feelings for each other it felt rushed. In all, I loved the book and wish there was a second book/companion novel to follow up or a epilogue, as the ending wasn't as complete as I would have liked it to be. I understand that there is peace but it's not really explained as to where Lira's and Elian's relationship goes from there. I would like to see Elian and Lira get married and the many obstacles they would have to face with that with their kingdoms and them possibly having a child together and how that would work out. I know it's wishful thinking but a girl can dream right! This would be one hell of a movie, and I definitely think Disney should pick this bad baby up since there having a hard time getting together their own live action Little Mermaid. They should definitely consider this, my title for the movie would be To Kill a Kingdom: The Little Mermaid Origins. I guarantee it would be up there with the live action movie of Beauty and The Beast. This was great storytelling at It's finest and I'm looking forward to someone optioning this novel for a movie.
Lira - Madeline Brewer
Elian - Aaron Taylor Johnson