Author: Kiersten White
Series: The Conquerors Saga #2
Published by: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.
I. Love. This. Series.
That is all.
Okay, okay … seriously, I do have mad love for it. Now I Rise continues the story of Lada and Radu. They’re separated now, forging their own paths.
I just love everything about this book, including all great characters there are to love and hate, the action, the plotting & scheming, the twist on historical events/people, and on and on. Like the first book, Now I Rise is on the longer side, but it’s a pretty quick read. I couldn’t put it down!
I love Lada so much. She’s fierce and vicious, doing what ever it takes to get what she wants. What she wants is her home back, to obtain the throne and become the prince. Yes, I said “prince”. She has to fight, scheme, back-stab, and align with former enemies to get there. Constantly having to prove herself. Then there’s Radu, who decides to make a huge move that puts him in a lot of danger, but it’s something he feels he needs to do.
It’s interesting watching Lada and Radu separated. They were never close, but they always had each other to rely on and balance each other out. Radu’s strengths made up for Lada’s weaknesses, and vice versa. Lada definitely went through some shit, but I feel Radu had the most growth. I’m dying to see what’s coming, because that ending … *evil laugh*.
Bring on the next book!