Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting On Wendesday [@kierstenwhite @randomhousekids #AndIDarken]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

AND I DARKEN by KIERSTEN WHITE (The Conquerors Saga #1)

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.

published June 28th by Delacorte Press

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This idea: 'What if Vlad the Impaler, the brutal prince, had been Lada the Impaler, the brutal princess?' is just too much fun to pass up. Especially when you factor in more of White's thinking - read that and the rest of the interview on Bustle  'Because as hard as it had been to fight for tiny Romania in the face of the greatest empire of the age, how much harder would it be to do so as a girl?'

Plus, I really loved Kiersten White's writing, characters and imagination in Paranormalcy so I really cannot wait to see what route Lada takes and how her desire for vengeance pairs with who she is.

I love, love that we're getting some antihero stories now. It is part of why I was so excited for The Young Elites and definitely a part of why I'm excited for this series.

(Also? I love when we get princesses who aren't damsels or worrying about ball gowns or whatever. Tougher, strong princesses who can use swords are where it's at people.)

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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