Rating : ★★★★★
Genre : Young Adult (Historical fiction )
Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?
Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.
But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.
Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.
“War made monsters of them all “
My heart is still recovering from all the damage this book did to my heart . Do you know those times when something hurts you so much but you love it ? I’m having that problem with this book . It twisted my heart about its beautiful claws and I still love this .
And I Darken and Now I Rise were both dark and I expected this to be just as brutal . But every time I think I’m prepared , White deals me new surprises . I love it . I love the darkness and the brutality of it all . This is brutal and cold . It will make you weep and you’re going to love crying .
Lada is the best thing about this book . She is so hard to understand , so complex and so inhuman . She will kill , plot for power , use people and discard them…but you will feel so much for her . It is actually disturbing , the idea of sympathising for someone who slits throats without thought .
I don’t think I could say much without giving the book away . Go read this . I absolutely recommend this series .
Have you read it yet ?