Can you believe that it’s already July?! Not only is this year going by super fast, but summer’s going by even faster! I’ve only had 1 pool day so far and there haven’t even been ANY beach days yet! Curse you work and adult responsibilities
One thing that I have been able to do this summer is read the sequel to And I Darken, Now I Rise. I was on the fence about reading it, because And I Darken was not my favorite, but since it was available without a hold as an e-book from the library, I figured why not.
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
What I liked most about Now I Rise is how much Lada and Radu grew as characters. I also learned that Mehmed is a terrible person and both Lada and Radu would 100% be better off without him. The fact that this book covered a shorter time period than And I Darken and the fact that Mehmed didn’t show up as much definitely made me enjoy this book a lot more. Even though this book was definitely very character driven, I feel like it is more plot driven than the first book. I cannot wait for Bright we Burn to come out- I was on the fence about reading it before I read Now I Rise, but now, man it cannot come out soon enough.
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them?