Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Title: And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
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, 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.
Why we are waiting:
Almost all of the reviews I have read for this book are glowing. It takes the Young Adult Princess story and turns it into something dark and brutal. Who wouldn’t be interested in that?
Then I heard that the main character is based on Vlad the Impaler. So now we have a historical retelling, AND she’s a badass? Yep, I am on board 100%.
I would be willing to bet that Cynthia and I both have this one in our hands on release day and finished not long after. Especially since we will be discussing it during our first July podcast. So, don’t forget to tune in and listen to us rave about this dark beauty!