And i darken book 1
And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga, book 1) | Rated ReadsAdded by 8 of our members. The New York Times Bestseller! Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story's atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters and a fearsome heroine. 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.
And I Darken Series
When a baby girl is born to military governor Vlad Dracul of Wallachia, he cannot believe he could have produced anything other than a boy, so he names her Ladislav, the female version of his name. Lada, as she prefers to be called, grows up with a younger brother, named Radu, and the son of her nurse, Bogdan. All the genes for beauty go to Radu, as does the gentle nature, and Lada is ferocious, fierce, cunning, intent on winning, and protective — possessive — of her brother and Bogdan. When Lada is 13, Bogdan is taken away to become part of the elite Ottoman group of soldiers the Janissaries, and shortly after, Lada and Radu are taken and held in the Ottoman capital of Edirne as guarantee that their father will not fight against the Ottomans and their sultan. The bulk of the book follows the next six or seven years, with times of relative peace and stability and even happiness for Radu and Lada and more times of upheaval, political intrigue, danger, and growth. Meanwhile, the gentler Radu comes to love Edirne, where he converts quietly to Islam and enjoys the peace it brings him, and being with his sister and best friend. But life is not safe for Mehmed in particular, who is given the throne at a young age and in danger of having it taken from him — his death at the hands of those who desire power being the principal method.
Intrigued yet? Lada has big dreams and refuses to let anyone keep her from reaching them. The diversity you see in the book is taken straight from the pages of history. Family is complicated, and siblings as different as Lada and Radu make for an interesting dynamic. With so many people vying for power, lies and betrayal are a given.
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Sign up for our newsletters! It is the year and Vlad Dracul, the duke of Wallachia, must protect his state from the oncoming threats of the Ottoman Empire. Vlad's son, Radu, is an elegant, young boy who is tormented and dismissed due to his inability to be a warrior. Instead the role is taken over by Vlad's daughter, Lada, who is a brutal, unladylike warrior who strives to win over her father's approval. But when Vlad sells his children off to the Ottoman Empire, Lada and Radu must survive within the brutal walls of the Ottomans.