Title: An I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 28th 2016
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.
Why did I get it?
I’m going to be honest, this was 99.9% a cover buy for me. I guess you could say I have a thing for aesthetically pleasing books–especially those that have flowers. The other 0.01% was definitely the synopsis, though. I’ve never really read anything Ottoman Empire inspired, so it sounded interesting. Plus the whole brutal princess this sounds pretty epic if you ask me. I should really be over the whole love triangle cliche by now, but I’m definitely not. I’m crossing my fingers that there’s a lot of bloodshed in this one because I love a female heroine who isn’t afraid to get down and dirty.
Why haven’t I read it yet?
Let’s just say I have a system, albeit a flawed system. I tried making a list of all the books I own by year of publication and then totally kept getting distracted by all the other pretty books. That’s what I like to tell myself, anyway. I see the shiny and forget about everything else. Half the time I kind of feel like Doug from Up! [see here] or like that kid in that candystore. So I will get to it eventually, but right now I’m on a total romance binge and cannot be stopped.