AND I DARKEN is the first book in the Conquerers Saga
unique about this series is that it is set in the Ottoman
Empire. I haven't
encountered this in fiction in a long time and certainly not
in the Young Adult
genre but Kiersten White does a fantastic job of creating a
that is rife in history and war while still keeping things
relatable to readers in
this time period.
There are three main characters in this series. Lada is the
main heroine and
she is the fiercest of the bunch. Although she is made fun
of because of her
ugliness, there aren't many soldiers who would stand up to
her. Radu is
Lada's younger brother and he is the sensitive one. His
gentle soul is a great
contrast the to brutal backdrop of this series and he's
probably one of my
favorite characters in this series. But coming at a close
second is Mahmed.
Mahmed is the sultan's son and when Lada and Radu are
betrayed by their
father and forced to live with their enemies, Mahmed becomes
friend. However, the three will undergo plenty of heartbreak
when their bond
is tested and war tears them apart.
Kiersten White has a potential bestseller on her hands with
AND I DARKEN. With epic battles and
multidimensional characters, I have no doubt that readers
will be dying for the next book in the series.
This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of
Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire.
Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s
atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a
deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate
characters. Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE RED QUEEN,
Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN
THE ASHES won’t want to miss this visceral, immersive, and
mesmerizing novel, the first in a trilogy.
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
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, who’s
expected to rule a nation, 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.
From New York Times
bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a
dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies
will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.