Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Series: The Conqueror’s Saga #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published June 27th, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA
Format: Paperback & Audiobook
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She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.
After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul 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.
And I Darken is already a favorite but this one… Holy… It was even better! This is for sure one of my favorite books of the year. I love this series. I love this book. I love everything it represents and everything in this story. It’s just AMAZING!
To be honest, I knew really less about this time period when I started the book, but this book really left me wanting to know more and so I searched for more. It talks about the fall of Constantinople, which is truly an amazing part of history if you are interested in history that is. By searching for the history, I even felt more connected to the story because this truly is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve ever read! It’s incredibly detailed, ruthless, dark, emotional and unique.
It also talks about Wallachia, which I literally knew nothing about. In the story, we see how deep of a connection Lada always had with Wallachia and how much she wants it back. She does everything for it. She would go to the ends of the earth for it. I love how focused Lada is towards her goal. And how much of her she gives. She is stubborn and cruel but I love to see her battling her way, how much she shows that she is capable of anything and everything, even if she is a woman. She is incredibly badass and I love how loyal she is to her soldiers and also how comfortable she is with them. She keeps surprising me every time.
I also love how Lada and Radu envy each other and how they think constantly of what the other would do in this and that situation! I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH! Radu keeps showing more and more of himself. Especially in this book, we have a lot of him when he is undercover in Constantinople. I really enjoyed seeing more of Radu, to see his loyalty and what is morally correct crash. To see him fight for truth in the middle of chaos. Radu is a character that deserves everything and yet has one of the most difficult fates. He is one of the purest characters I encountered and sometimes it gets painful to read about his life. But I loved that he had Nazira and Cyprian at his side. I love them and I really want to see more of them.
I also really loved Daciana and Hunyadi. They were characters I was not expecting in this book and I absolutely loved them. This book has a LOT of great characters and their development is fantastic. Although I still don’t know what to think about Mehmed. But what I do until know, is for sure negative. I can’t like him. But I keep trying to see a way to explain his attitudes…
The plot is amazing, it’s thrilling, there’s a lot of intrigues, a lot of blood and a lot of emotion. It’s unique and unforgettable. It’s told in a perfect way, I don’t know how the author does this and I think I said this in my last review but, I love how the author doesn’t tell us that one or the other character is wrong/right. She lets us decide ourselves. The same with religion, which is a very tricky topic.
I love this book and I couldn’t recommend it more! It’s fantastic, it’s complex, it’s brutal, it’s gripping and it’s extremely unique. I never read anything like this and I can’t wait for the next book!
Quotes worth reading:
“Hold hands with the devil until you are both over the bridge.
Or kill the devil and burn the bridge so no one can get to you.”
“He would die on the wall tonight, between his brothers and his enemies, because he could no longer distinguish between the two. They had finally come to the end. Whichever side won, neither would triumph.”
“He had imagined Constantinople, had wanted it for Mehmed. It had been simple and straightforward. But now he knew the true cost of things, the murky horrors of the distance between wanting something and getting it.”
“Do not lose that hunger. You will always have to fight for everything. Even when you already have it, you will have to keep fighting to maintain it. You will have to be more ruthless, more brutal, more everything. Any weakness will undo everything you have accomplished. They will see any crack as evidence that they were right that a woman cannot do what you do.”
“Why must I always be a man’s servant?” Lada demanded. “If anything, I should be partners with the devil, not his servant.”
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