“We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade.” Let me start this review by saying that I wanted to love […]Read More
First of all, this book upset me in a way that most books are never capable of doing. I know a lot of reviewers who will immediately up their rating for a book if it hits them hard, because they consider it a sign of a talented author, and while I can understand that point of view, […]Read More
“They had nothing better, nowhere else to go. They were loyal to her, and to the hope that perhaps she would find them a place in the world.”
After leaving Mehmed’s side to carve out her own path to the throne of Wallachia, Lada Dracul finds herself without allies, assistance, or power to speak of, besides the loyalty of her men. When she finds that Mehmed has not been entirely honest or beneficial to her cause, Lada’s rage encourages her to finally embrace the cruelty of her nature and to seek out the throne via any means necessary.
Meanwhile, Radu helps Mehmed plot to overtake Constantinople, but the waters become muddied when Radu is sent into the city as a spy and begins to second-guess his own motives as well as the sultan’s. Will Radu’s love for his childhood friend be enough, or must he, too, find his own way?Read More