First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by @ Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? Now we are! Check out the snippet, then scroll down to see what book it’s from, and add to that ever-growing TBR 🙂
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Genre: YA | Historical Retelling | Half-fantasy | Romance
Series: The Conqueror’s Saga
Books: And I Darken | Now I Rise
Read Count: 1
Published: June 28th 2016
Pages: 475 pages
Average Rating: 3.93 stars
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Description: 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.
What book did you think this was? Were you intrigued? Did you add it to your TBR? Have you read it already? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you! If not, have a great week and I hope you read something great 🙂