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Title: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 28, 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.
I can’t remember how I even discovered this book? Probably scrolled through Goodreads clicking ‘want to read’ on everything again! I remember reading the synopsis for this book and thinking ‘wow this sounds super awesome and stabby’ so I pre-ordered it. This was back when I pre-ordered all my books before my TBR got out of hand. But seriously, doesn’t this sound like such an incredible YA historical fantasy? It’s set in the Ottoman Empire and it’s based on Vlad the Impaler! Awesome, right? I guess I should probably go read it and you should too.
Do you like historical fantasy books? Is this book on your radar? Let me know in the comments!