And I Darken (Hardcover)
What if the infamous Vlad the Impaler, inspiration for Dracula, had been born female? Lada is just as brutal and ruthless as her real life counterpart, and stands out among young adult heroines for being not (as they all seem to be) an attractive girl convinced she’s plain, but genuinely physically homely. Prickly Lada walks a careful line between her coarseness and cruelty, a balance managed through her relationships with well-developed side characters, like her charismatic but delicate and gentle baby brother. This book follows the early parts of Vlad’s life, both as a Romanian noble and as a hostage of the cosmopolitan Ottoman Empire. The complex society and multifaceted characters—both aspects grounded in a tangible sense of realism—result in an engrossing, intrigue-packed story, great for historical or fantasy fiction writers.— From Ann's Picks
The New York Times Bestseller "Absolutely riveting." --Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger
This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO's Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. 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. Fans of Victoria Aveyard's THE RED QUEEN and Sabaa Tahir's AN EMBER IN THE ASHES won't want to miss this visceral, immersive, and mesmerizing novel, the first in the And I Darken series. 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. From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken. "A dark and twisty fantasy . . . think Game of Thrones, but with teens."--Seventeen "Sinister, suspenseful, and unapologetically feminist."--Buzzfeed "Will completely spin you into another time and place."--Bustle "Takes no prisoners, offering up brutal, emotional historical fiction."--NPR.org
About the Author
KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken, Now I Rise, the Paranormalcy trilogy, the dark thrillers Mind Games and Perfect Lies, The Chaos of Stars, Illusions of Fate, and In the Shadows with Jim Di Bartolo. Her books have won several awards, including the Utah Book Award, the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, and the Whitney Award, and have been named an ALA-YALSA Teen Top Ten Best Book, a Florida Teens Read Selection, and a Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection, among other accolades. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further away times. kierstenwhite.com @kierstenwhite on Twitter.