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Now I Rise by Kierten White
Book Two in The Conquerors Saga
Genre: YA, Alternate History
She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.
After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.
Hi all, today I’m bringing you the sequel of Now I Rise, my favorite read from 2016! This also happened to be my most anticipated sequel of 2017 too! So, let’s get into the review!
*spoilers for book one*
So, Lada has chosen her throne over her heart. Radu has chosen his unrequited love over his sister. Where has it gotten them? Nowhere. It got them nowhere. Lada has no allies, and Mehmed is spying on her and conspiring with her enemies. Unlike the first book, there is a lot less romance, and a lot more violence.
“The world will destroy her in the end. Too much spark leads to explosions. But your sister will destroy as much as she can before she goes out. She will go down in flames and blood.”
I can’t say I liked it as much as I liked And I Darken, I feel like it was a lot of nothing. Don’t get me wrong, it was really good, but not the best. For example, Keirsten White’s timeline was extremely off. She addressed it on her social media, that she forgot to fix the months at the beginning of each chapter, and some months go back and forth between January and February. It was an honest mistake, but I found it quite confusing, and I just pretended it was in chronological order.
Radu had a lot more screen time this book, we were often switching between his and Lada’s perspectives. I absolutely loved getting to know him better, and while I found his undying love for Mehmed insufferable, I feel like he had a lot of character growth. I also found his relationship with his wife to be darling. She is with her girl friend, so she and Radu aren’t romantic, but I love how she treats him like the sister Radu never had.
As the story progresses, my distaste for Mehmed grows. He is terrible. I would say more, but I don’t want to give anything away. I just hate how he treats both Lada and Radu. They are royals just like him, yet he takes them for granted, and treats them like his lessers. I cannot with him.
Even though Radu and Lada are apart, they realize how incomplete they are without the other, and I loved that. I’m such a sucker for sibling dynamics, they hit me in the feels every time. They missed each other, but pride wouldn’t allow them to admit it, but I have hope they’ll reunite in the next book.
Kiersten’s writing was fast paced, and pretty as per usual. I say I wasn’t as impressed with it as her last one, but I literally devoured this book! I will admit that the politic parts were a bit slow, and I skimmed through most of the battles, as those things don’t hold my interest as much as the rest of the novel, but overall it was really nice!
“I wonder if anyone get’s through childhood without being broken, I certainly did not.” Radu, pg 81
Overall Rating: 4/5 hearts
Thanks for reading! Let me know, have you read the book? What did you think about it?
You can read my review for And I Darken here! See you next time, bye!