Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
Series: The Conqueror’s Saga #3
Published July 10th 2018
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
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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.
Best end of a trilogy I’ve ever seen! This is one of my favorite trilogies, so I was both excited and nervous about this book, but omg, it gave me everything I needed, desired, and more!
This was so dark, bloody and emotional! It picks up right after the last book, where Lada is trying to get Wallachia back to her while killing everyone who opposes her in the way. It’s glorious, really. I loved seeing the dynamic between her and her allies, and her and her enemies. But I especially loved how much she realized she needed and loved the ones near her. I absolutely love Lada and how much she grew from the first time I met her, although I can’t really say she changed much, which I couldn’t be happier about! She is the best villain EVER! Or maybe anti-hero would be best since I do believe she means well, the way to get there tho…
I loved how the author portrayed so well in Lada the limitations of being a woman, especially in a high seat of power. We got to see Lada’s frustrations and how differently she was treated comparing to men, even the ones of lower rank. It’s impossible not to side with her after that… She is just like Mehmed, except she is a woman. Nothing more distinguish them, and yet they are treated completely different.
I loved to see Lada’s and Mehmed’s unrequited love, it was so much fun and emotional, but the best part always for me, has to be Radu… Radu is the sweetest, most interesting little cinnamon roll! I absolutely adore him, and how much he is fed up with everything that includes blood in it. He just wants to live a happy life, which he deserves more than anything, but it seems not to be that easy, especially being in the middle of Lada and Mehmed. I loved his story and how much he grew up, from the tiny boy he once was. I especially loved the gay love here both with Radu and with Nazira. It was just beautiful to watch.
This book is completely full of action, although I would say the last one was slightly more intense in terms of battles. This one was nonetheless brutal and full of intense fights, murderings, bloodiness, and everything in between; love and hate relationship, lies, political affairs, and so much more! It’s impossible to stop turning the pages to find out what the hell is happening next! It was quite different from the last book but just as good and at many points even more emotional, which I never thought to be possible before. It was hell intense and I LOVED IT.
The ending was just perfect. It had everything I could have wanted and it definitely left me the most satisfied I’ve been in a while with the end of a series I dreaded to end. This trilogy is 100% amazing and I couldn’t recommend it more!
Have you read this series yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!