Saturday, August 6, 2016
Review: And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I tend to shy away from historical fiction, most of all about history I know nothing about, but I could not pass on this new one because the idea of gender-bending Vlad the Impaler sounded crazy and amazing.
And thankfully it was both crazy and well done.
I took about .5 of a star off for the length of the novel, it was nearly 500 pages, and the amount of historical information that I had a hard time following along with.
But the rest of the 4.5 stars go solely to the idea of this novel and the wonderful characters.
It is hard to pick which of the two main characters I liked the most, Radu or Lada, however as the novel went on I become more invested in Lada's story.
The LGBTQ aspect of the novel was done really well, and the main female character, Lada was amazing because she was multifaceted, she was violent, devious, but still loving and showed compassion.
I recommend checking this out just for the interesting plot and the kickass female character.
4.5 Stars Out of Five