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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.And I Darken by Kiersten White
Series: The Conqueror's Saga #1
Published by Delacorte Press on June 28, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction
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(Last Updated On: January 17, 2022)
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.
And I Darken follows the story of Lada as well as her brother Radu. Lada is very vicious and strong which is exactly what her father wanted, though he was hoping for a son. Her younger brother Radu is very delicate and can’t stand up for himself. Lada stands up for him when people pick on him during their younger years.
I originally went into this story thinking that it was going to be some sort of fantasy. However, I thought wrong. The story ended up being a very historical novel, though with a twist, because Kirsten White rethought Vlad the Impaler as a girl named Lada.
Don’t get me wrong, I still greatly enjoyed the story, but since I thought it was going to be more of a fantasy, I was in for a bit of a surprise.
I absolutely loved Lada right from the get-go. She was such a unique character and as soon as I started reading about her I knew that she was going to be different than a lot of females in the world that she lives in. She’s completely feisty and it’s totally awesome! Her brother Radu is the complete opposite of her, though still equally as lovable.
There was a bit of a romance throughout the novel too. This, of course, is through a love triangle. I’m usually fine with love triangles though, and I was in this story as well.
The reason I’m giving this book three stars is that I felt that there was so much information thrown at me while I was reading. I love world-building, I really do, but I felt a little bit overwhelmed at times by the amount of information throughout the pages.
It was so much that I couldn’t exactly remember it all, so I paid attention to the characters more than who everyone was and who hated who. However, I will still give the second book a read!