And I Darken is the first book in Kiersten White’s reimagined history of the Ottoman Empire, which is sort of like a YA version of Game of Thrones.
If that doesn’t hook you, Vlad the Impaler is recast as a young woman named Lada. Intrigued yet? If you're not quite convinced, here’s a list of everything we love about And I Darken, plus some things to look forward to in the second book Now I Rise, which comes out June 27, 2017!
What You’ll Love About And I Darken:
1. A Fierce Heroine
Lada has big dreams and refuses to let anyone keep her from reaching them. She’s violent and grouchy, and likes to be in control of herself (and everyone around her). This stubborn, strong woman has her unwavering sights set on possessing her homeland of Wallachia.
2. Diverse Characters
And I Darken’s characters come from a multitude of backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. The best part? The diversity you see in the book is taken straight from the pages of history.
This isn’t your typical love triangle. Be prepared to fall in love and have your heart ripped out more than once.
Family is complicated, and siblings as different as Lada and Radu make for an interesting dynamic.
It should come as no surprise that a book about Vlad the Impaler comes with a lot of violence.
What to Look Forward to in Now I Rise:
1. More Radu
If you didn’t get enough Radu in And I Darken, you definitely will in this one. Radu is more than just a pretty face. His brains, charm, and trustworthy demeanor make him the perfect man to work behind enemy lines.
2. More Lada
Our favorite princess is on the prowl again. But this time, she’s out for blood.
3. Sizzling romance
The heat really cranks up in this book. Be prepared!
With so many people vying for power, lies and betrayal are a given. Alliances are forged, twisted, strained, and broken. Loyalties and relationships are sacrificed at every turn.
There are so many spies in this book that if you turn it upside down and shake it, one is likely to fall out. Secret messages and diabolical plots litter the pages and keep you guessing where loyalties lie.