And I Darken
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The New York Times Bestseller!
“Absolutely riveting.” —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger
This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters and a fearsome heroine. Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE RED QUEEN, Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES won’t want to miss this visceral, immersive, and mesmerizing novel, the first in a trilogy.
NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.
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I heard about this book on Amazon in my recommendations and I read the synopsis. From then on I was intrigued. I downloaded a sample on my phone and read a couple pages and right then and there I knew, I had to stop everything I was reading and doing to go get this book and start reading it. The book starts when Lada and Radu were really young and gradually goes to when their older. I feel that Kiersten setting the book up like this was smart because instead of just rushing into the story, we get to know the characters and really care if anything happens to them. It's really weird because you know these characters as children, you see the choices they make,now that they are older,and how different they are from when they were young. This book is dark and gritty and it doesn't hold back and that's what I love about this book. There were moments in this book that made my heart stop. I recommend this book 100% !
I love the way that the author was able to craft such a brutal yet lovable character out of Lada. Her brutality and show of how things should really work when it comes down to political alignments and battles is amazing. Radu is also quite an intriguing character, whose critiscism over Lada, both positive and negative, help shape the character but balance the scales and see that his sister may be cold, but can still care. This story aligns everyone in a way in which the readers get different angles from the same event and slowly see the conflict get set in motion. It is definitely a must read. Especially since it tries to shape the aspects of the true historic characters by seeing how they would do in court, even though the author put a girl in the story instead of a boy, who was the true historic character. Really well written. Truly deserves five stars.
Awesome remake of the Vlad Dracul story, a must read!
This story captivated me right away! Even with tons of homework looming over my shoulders, I couldn't put this down! Lada is someone is like to be, fearless, strong, formidable even for her size, a leader, a person to respect. This book showed me valuable lessons on what it means to be free, deciding what one loves, and what one must sacrifice to keep what you love. This book is a piece of art and will be one of my top faves for the year.