My friend Lily gifted this book to me 🙂
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Book One in The Conquerors Saga
Genre: YA, Alternate History
Edition: First Edition Hardcover
Release Date: 6.28.16
Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon,B&N
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, 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.
“Let her be strong. Let her be sly… And let her be ugly.”
Boom. Lada Dragwlya is the daughter of a tyrant, who is disgusted that his wife had born him a girl. He’s last remark to the infant was that she better be beautiful, or else there was no use for her. The quote above is what Lada’s nurse maid hopes for her, and this is only page two.
If you’re looking for a book that challenge’s social norms, a book that is cynical and dark, then this one is for you.
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