Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
I ADORED And I Darken by Kiersten White. It was one of the best reads of 2016 for me – mostly because of the main character, Lada. She actually reminds me of my niece. Lada is Vlad the Impaler (and because of Rick Riordan’s Red Pyramid, I always want to say Vlad the Inhaler), but female; she is fierce and brutal and completely set in her ways. My niece may only be five, but she’s showing strong signs of this behavior, unfortunately for my brother. I laugh at him constantly. Lada was brassy from birth, and life hasn’t changed her a smidge. She’ll go off and do her own thing, her way. Damn the consequences in truth I’ll-deal-with-that-bullshit-later mentality. And I love that! I can’t wait to get more of it :)
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Genre: YA | Fantasy | Historical
Published: June 27th, 2017
Pages: 496 pages
Average Rating: 4.16 stars
Description: Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost
Did you read And I Darken, the first book? Did you like it? What are you waiting for the most? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!