Waiting on Wednesday - And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

 Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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.

If you still haven't heard about Kiersten White's And I Darken, then you might be living under a rock. Fantasy meets historical fiction, And I Darken reimagines Vlad the Impaler as Lada Dragwlya, a ruthless princess fighting for her birthright. Political intrigue, strained loyalties, and a thirst for vengeance, And I Darken may just be Kiersten White's most ambitious novel yet. I'm absolutely excited to learn more about the Ottoman Empire, and join Lada on the dangerous path she must carefully tread in the Ottoman courts.

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  1. Wow, it sounds as if Lada Dragwlya had to grow up early and take on some major responsibility. More than the summary, you sold me on your little blurb below. I mean a book about Vlad the Impaler, sign my up! Great pick! :)