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 sworNo 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 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 fa
So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power 4 1 2 stars This book is totally fucked up In the best possible way.Well, holy shit Even with the positive reviews rolling in, that was completely unexpected How do I begin to explain this vicious little nightmare of a book All I know is it s different to anything else I ve read.And I Darken is dark, gritty and compelling It pulled me into its darkness from th [...]
4.5 stars I didn t believe all the high ratings, and now here I am with them.A good example of why it s good to try authors again, btw I d read a couple of the author s earlier books and found them likable if a bit unmemorable, but there was absolutely no indication that one day she d write a brutal book or an uncompromising heroine like this Vlad the Impaler re imagined as an aggressive girl Fantastic.
The price of living seems to always be death And that is why you become a dealer of death You feed death as many people as you can to keep it full and content so its eye stays off you And I Darken is no bedtime story Its complexity makes it hard to get into but also hard to get out of.I don t know exactly when it happened, but sometime as I was reading it, I suddenly stopped thinking of it as just another historical fiction fantasy story and started seeing it in a new light.Seeing it as a story [...]
1.99 on kindle right now 6 26 17 As far as I know, it s US pricing Re Read 2017 I had to read this book again for the new book next week I love it so freaking much This time I listened to it on audio from Overdrive It s now on my audible wishlist The narrator, Fiona Hardingham did a wonderful job It was so nice to be back in Lada s world She s just so tough but I did feel sorry for her with the love interest but it s extremely complicated She lets her guard down a little in that area but she s s [...]
This was truly an epic book There is a twist in this book, and trust me when I say that you will not see it coming.It has a heroine who flaunts herself as the anti princess and in that sense, the book does not disappoint Lada our female Vlad the Impaler hooked impaled me from the start Even as a child in the nursery, she was fierce.Like her brother, Lada had big eyes, but hers were close set, with arched bows that made her look perpetually cross Her hair was a tangled mass, so dark that her pale [...]
REREAD Because when it comes to needing to read a sequel I remember the first book HA I know nothing, Jon Snow But this is the kind of book that really grew on me the I thought about it Several things still bugged me with my reread, but truuuuly I love this story 3 It is the finest of historical fiction and the characters have caught my heart.This news just in Radu is the most kind and precious and beautiful cinnamon roll of ever and also totally a cunning Slytherin I call it.I really appreciat [...]
2.5 starsI swear, if you were to play a drinking game to how many times the love interests name was mentioned followed by angst, you would die of alcohol poisoning At her hip was her sword, and on her wrists were her knives Her spine was steel Her heart was armor Her eyes were fire That quote sounds great right You d think that she were some warrior fighting for her country, making difficult decisions Wrong Meet Lada, she s practically the princes and her brother body guard She doesn t kill in b [...]
Ever since I read this particular quote taken from And I Darken, I ve been enchanted On our wedding night, she said, I will cut out your tongue and swallow it Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied And also that beautiful cover didn t hurt.This review contains spoilers.And I Darken [...]
Ever heard of Vlad the Impaler He had a reputation for cruelty throughout Europe He took pleasure in torturing and killing his enemies with his most preferred method being impalement He was also the inspiration forDracula Imagine an alternate history with Vlad the Impaler as a girl This is our story And I Darken follows Lada s life from the very beginning We start in 1435 Transylvania with Vlad Dracul taking in the fact that his wife has given birth to a girl Such a disgrace because she cannot b [...]
DNF after 50 pages This book makes me sick and anxious and I don t want to put myself through this.I have SO many problems with this First of all, I do not appreciate having my history used in a way that does not honour it, having figures who shaped my country as it is now used for a story that doesn t make them justice Do not, for one single moment, believe anything in here is in any way historically accurate If it weren t clear, I m Romanian And I m here to complain about why I find And I Dark [...]
First book of 2017 complete Really unique story and i did really enjoy it Some parts were confusing but the majority was brilliant I thought there would be magic involved but it was not, still really good
And I Darken was the first book that I ve ever read by Ms Kiersten White, but it certainly won t be the last The first book in The Conquerers series, it managed to completely captivate me I am both intrigued, enad, and at times appalled, by these characters and the turbulent world that they occupy.Lada Dragwlya is an unlikely heroine She s unattractive, uncouth and at times, downright mean She s everything her father had hoped for in a son, but got in his daughter Her only redeeming qualities ar [...]
So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power A gem of a book.It was savage and brilliant, a bloody tale of politics laced with tainted relationships, betrayals and desire For freedom, for power, for human touch For greatness.In And I Darken, Kiersten White travels through time to medieval Wallachia, a vassal state of the blooming Ottoman Empire To the court of Vlad Dracul, the cruel father that terrified [...]
It is the way of the world You can be the aggressor, you can fight against crusaders on their own land, or you can stay at home and wait for them to come to you And they would come They would come with fire, with disease, with swords and blood and death Weakness is an irresistible lure 4.5 stars.Lada made an awesome first impression, not everyone can claim to be a badass right from birth She wasn t exactly relatable most of the time I couldn t figure out what her motivations were but I couldn t [...]
full review posted now On our wedding night, she said, I will cut out your tongue and swallow it Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied I m in the process of giving my grades up for adoption because I m unfit to raise them myself Is there any possibility that I can trade my grades f [...]
Dear Kiersten White,Thank you for restoring my faith in the YA Fantasy genre I ve had bad luck with it this year and I really needed someone to show me that the genre wasn t the problem, and I wasn t the problem, but instead I was just reading the wrong books.Thank you for making me feel so much For filling me up to the brim with emotion Love, hatred, happiness, despair, frustration, glee, anxiety, passion I felt it all while reading And I Darken and I can t remember the last time a book did thi [...]
When I saw the premise for this storyA female anti hero retelling of Vlad the Impaler a sort of Game of Thorns vibeI was all set to start handing out some stars.The book starts with Lada Ladislav but she will punch you in the face for calling her that and her brother Radu growing up in Wallachia Lada wants to impress her father Vlad so that she can prove that even though born female she is a force to be reckoned with And she isOccasionally she informed her tutors when a torture method appeared t [...]
3.5 5 starsEdit Looking back on this, I believe I need to edit some things See, I posted this review when I was new to , so I thought giving a book three stars would be considered rude which I find kind of amusing now, considering some of my rant y reviews Thankfully, now I know that s not the case Don t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed this book It did drag on a bit in some parts, and I may or may not have skimmed a few sections when things got boring, but I do love Kiersten White s writing [...]
FIVE THOUSAND STARS out of fiveHighly recommended My new favorite.A read for The Quarterly Book Club s Fourth Quarter Historical Fiction So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power This was my first time to read a book by this author and I will definitely check out her other works Her writing is exceptionally exquisite She was able to rebuild a long gone world in my head and piqued my curiosity into get [...]
She would never toss aside her country the way her father had She would protect it A small sob threatened to break free What could she do She had no power Yet, she vowed She had no power yet Can I get a high five for reached expectations Bring it in, come on.And I Darken is YA at its finest There were times when I questioned if it should be classified as NA Adult because the themes it deals with and the characters thought processes get pretty dark And then there s the history world building elem [...]
EDIT This seems incredibly random, and it is, so let s chalk it up to shower thoughts but it s been niggling at me, especially as I contemplate picking up the second book.I sincerely hope that someone will correct me if I m wrong, but considering this is based on history, is it notcredibly straightwashed In history, Mehmed and Radu were lovers for years and years, and yet in this book, the author has actually gone out of her way to avoid this, by gender bending Vlad the Impaler and pushing Lada [...]
I do not give five stars easily but there s just nothing I didn t like about this book Solid 5 stars If you haven t read this yet, do yourself a favor and go pick it up right now Full review to come.
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I am no longer the daughter of the dragon She lifted her chin, sights set on the horizon I am the dragon This book is an escalation of surprises The first thing that will strike you almost literally, strike you is Lada, the female and absolute, in truth, because even though other characters, or at least another one, have a role as important as hers, she is the one who shines throughout the whole story protagon [...]
Will you protect me Until the day I kill you This book is brutal From the capital B This book makes you step out of your comfort zone and pushes you face down into a tangle of questions without obvious answers It is reassuring to ask for something and have something in return This book takes and takes and takes it won t give your comfort, it won t give you easy, it won t answer any of your questions directly, but instead it will give you options to interpret what you ve glimpsed inside it Gosh, [...]
I am pleasantly surprised by this one Now I can t wait for the next book And I ADORE Radu 3 He deserves everything that is beautiful in his life.
Unpopular Opinion Time.First of all Cover Awesome Title I dig it.This book is getting some mega hype and I have no doubt will be a huge hit when it is released on June 28, 2016 I do see why it would be popular It s written well It has a female main character who is supposed to be ugly and does not conform to the rigid standards for females of her time or any time, really That s appealing and something we need to see of in books She s not a damsel in distress She s strong, independent, yet, some [...]
AND I DARKEN just got added to my Most Anticipated Books of 2016 list It is BY FAR the best of the previews in BUZZ BOOKS 2016 YA, Spring Summer edition.Lada and Radu are both children of Vlad Dracul Lada, a year older than her brother, is a vicious child, everything her father could hope for in a son Radu is as beautiful and delicate as his sister is fierce He spends his early years the punching bag of other noble children, until he devises other, non physical, but just as effective ways of de [...]
1 And I Darken 2 Now I Rise 3 Bright We Burn Update 12.28.17 Don t mind me, just rewrote my entire review because rereading and dwelling on this book has changed my original opinion so drastically that it deserved better A dragon did not crawl on its belly in front of its enemies, begging for their help A dragon did not vow to rid the world of infidels, and then invite them into its home A dragon did not flee its land in the middle of the night like a criminal A dragon burned everything around h [...]
TW Attempted rape, gore violence, homophobia, islamophobiaRepresentation in this book Gay MC, lesbian side couple, mostly Islamic characters4.5 StarsI M SO GLAD I DIDN T GIVE UP ON THIS It was a very pleasant although disturbing surprise What happened is that I began this book on audiobook and failed miserably at comprehending its storyline, so I put it down around page 150 and ended up forgetting about it for a few months When I picked it up, I decided to completely reread it from the beginning [...]
On Sale today 1 9 17 at Here for 1.994.5 Be The Knife StarsBuddy Reading at Buddies Books BaublesI suck at history The only Vlad I knew is the one that all the Drakula stories are based off of So I want to give a big thank you to Choko who was kind enough to point out that the main character Lada which was the shortened femine version of Vlad is actually a gender twisted Vlad the Impaler as a child mind blown That took the story that was interesting to a whole new level for me.Lada is the Daught [...]