This book was deliciously dark.
I enjoyed this book a lot and had fun reading it. Even posted this on Instagram of the ARC.
- Age Range: 12 and up
- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 28, 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.
This is a story about Vlad the Impaler’s daughter Lada. It’s set in medieval Europe with some historical events surrounding Vlad. Lada is ruthless and driven to succeed but unfortunately her little brother Radu is the opposite. They are soon abandoned by Vlad to be raised in the Ottoman court. It is here that they meet Mehmed, heir to the empire and things get complicated.
Lada wants to reclaim her birth right but Radu has other ideas. You could feel the depth of their needs and wants. The wars they fight are brutal and bloody, which I liked! It reminded me of Games of Thrones but not really…if you understand my meaning.
I loved the political and historical aspects of the book. It was dark, maybe a little too dark for younger teens under 13. The world that Kiersten created was vivid and rich with detail and characters. The beginning was a little tough and slow but once you pass that boom! You can’t stop reading. I wasn’t too interested in Radu but Lada was a great character. She was fierce, brutal and everything that Daenerys would love.
Most of the book takes place with Lada and Radu as prisoners far away from their homeland. There is a love triangle but it isn’t annoying as some and seems to add to the depth of the story with tension. I normally don’t like love triangles but this one surprised me. I loved it! I loved the male, male and female aspect. It was unique and unusual.
This is a long book of 500 pages but worth every read. It’s definitely a series to follow. I look forward to seeing what;s next for Lada. Kiersten did a wonderful job at executing the historical aspects of Vlad’s history with a flair of fantasy and fiction.
Should you read it? Yes! I was impressed with the story and couldn’t put the book down. Lana was one tough heroine that kept me rooting for her all the way until the end.