Generally, I’m not a huge historical fiction kind of person- I want to like historical fiction, but for some reason, in practice, when I read historical fiction with no fantastic elements, I get bored. That’s what happened with And I Darken, but when I got to Now I Rise, I liked it so much more (read my review here), so I was really excited to read Bright We Burn, and it definitely did not disappoint.
Bright We Burn 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?
Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.
But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.
Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.
Kiersten White did such a great job ending this trilogy with Bright We Burn. Radu grew as a character and stopped letting Lada and Mehmed use and abuse him. Lada was Wallachia’s and Wallachia was Lada’s. And Mehmed was gross and I hate him. This was definitely my favorite book of the three. I felt like all of the characters became who I wanted them to be and their endings cam about exactly how I wanted and expected them to. I 100% think that everyone should read these books (force yourself to finish And I Darken, because Now I Rise and Bright We Burn are for sure worth it).
Do y’all read historical fiction? Any recommendations? Have you read this trilogy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!