The Conqueror's Saga #1
Published by Delacorte Press on June 28th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
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.
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OMG BEFORE I GET INTO MY REVIEW, LET ME MENTION THAT I GET THE HONOR OF WRITING THE 900TH POST HERE AT BWT. MASSIVE SQUEALING ENSUES.
I wish I could have enjoyed And I Darken as much as everyone else did – and as much as I hoped I would – rather than being part of the black sheep club.
The number one thing that didn’t work out for me: Lada. I cannot stand this girl. She takes the crown for the most ruthless character of the year, and well… pardon my language, but um… she’s also bitchy as hell. I suppose that makes sense considering the time period the book is set in, but um… she has no remorse whatsoever. She is cold-hearted, she thinks she’s above everyone else, and she acts like she’s above everyone else as well.
Also, she is extremely disturbing. Then again, the book is disturbing as well, but there’s no glorifying pictures of people being impaled, so therefore I’m much more braver reading words than seeing images (I can deal with disturbing… depending on what disturbing is). I really don’t want to count how many WTFs I have in my notes right now in regards to Lada’s actions and words though (there’s a lot).
She also complains a lot. A great majority of the majority that I actually read consisted a lot of Lada saying something along the lines of, “I WANNA GO HOME. I WANNA GO HOME. I WANNA GO HOME.” with maybe a threat or two inserted here and there.
The concept, however, was great! And I Darken was interesting enough in some parts that I continued reading because I hoped the book would actually pick up the dragging pace it was going as I got closer to the end. Unfortunately, it didn’t pick up enough for me to trek on through to the end.
Finally, I do like me a dark book or two sooo…
I’m still sad And I Darken and I didn’t get along. The disappointment is real. Very real indeed.