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And I Darken (And I Darken Series #1)

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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 swor ...more
Hardcover, 475 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press
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Emily May
“So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?”

4 1/2 stars. This book is totally fucked up. In the best possible way.

Well, holy shit. Even with the positive reviews rolling in, that was completely unexpected. How do I begin to explain this vicious little nightmare of a book? All I know is: it's different to anything else I've read.

And I Darken is dark, gritty and compelling. It pulled me into its dark
Lola  Reviewer
‘‘The price of living seems to always be death.’’
‘‘And that is why you become a dealer of death. You feed death as many people as you can to keep it full and content so its eye stays off you.’’

And I Darken is no bedtime story. Its complexity makes it hard to get into but also hard to get out of.

I don’t know exactly when it happened, but sometime as I was reading it, I suddenly stopped thinking of it as just another historical fiction/fantasy story and started seeing it in a new light.

Seeing i
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars I didn't believe all the high ratings, and now here I am with them.

A good example of why it's good to try authors again, btw. I'd read a couple of the author's earlier books and found them likable if a bit unmemorable, but there was absolutely no indication that one day she'd write a brutal book--or an uncompromising heroine--like this.

Vlad the Impaler re-imagined as an aggressive girl! Fantastic.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This was truly an epic book. There is a twist in this book, and trust me when I say that you will not see it coming.

It has a heroine who flaunts herself as the "anti-princess" and in that sense, the book does not disappoint. Lada - our "female Vlad the Impaler" hooked (impaled?) me from the start. Even as a child in the nursery, she was fierce.
Like her brother, Lada had big eyes, but hers were close-set, with arched bows that made her look perpetually cross. Her hair was a tangled mass, so dark
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$1.99 on kindle right now! 6-26-17. As far as I know, it's US pricing

Re-Read 2017 I had to read this book again for the new book next week. I love it so freaking much! This time I listened to it on audio from Overdrive (It's now on my audible wishlist) The narrator, Fiona Hardingham did a wonderful job!

It was so nice to be back in Lada's world. She's just so tough but I did feel sorry for her with the love interest but it's extremely complicated. She lets her guard down a little in that area b
C.G. Drews
REREAD: Because when it comes to needing to read a I remember the first book? HA. I know nothing, Jon Snow. But this is the kind of book that really grew on me the more I thought about it. Several things still bugged me with my reread, but truuuuly I love this story. <3 It is the finest of historical fiction and the characters have caught my heart.

This news just in: Radu is the most kind and precious and beautiful cinnamon roll of ever and also totally a cunning Slytherin. I call
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
2.5 stars
I swear, if you were to play a drinking game to how many times the love interests name was mentioned followed by angst, you would die of alcohol poisoning.

"At her hip was her sword, and on her wrists were her knives. Her spine was steel. Her heart was armor. Her eyes were fire"

That quote sounds great right? You'd think that she were some warrior fighting for her country, making difficult decisions.
Meet Lada, she's practically the princes and her brother body guard. She doesn'
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF after 50 pages. This book makes me sick and anxious and I don't want to put myself through this.

I have SO many problems with this. First of all, I do not appreciate having my history used in a way that does not honour it, having figures who shaped my country as it is now used for a story that doesn't make them justice. Do not, for one single moment, believe anything in here is in any way historically accurate.
If it weren't clear, I'm Romanian. And I'm here to complain about why I find And I
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, diverse-reads
Ever since I read this particular quote taken from And I Darken, I've been enchanted:

“On our wedding night," she said, "I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.”

And also that beautiful cover didn't hurt.

This review contains *spoilers*.

Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ever heard of Vlad the Impaler? He had a reputation for cruelty throughout Europe. He took pleasure in torturing and killing his enemies with his most preferred method being impalement. He was also the inspiration for Dracula. Imagine an alternate history with Vlad the Impaler as a girl. This is our story.

And I Darken follows Lada’s life from the very beginning. We start in 1435 Transylvania with Vlad Dracul taking in the fact that his wife has given birth to a girl. Such a disgrace because sh
Ben Alderson
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
First book of 2017 complete.
Really unique story and i did really enjoy it. Some parts were confusing but the majority was brilliant!

I thought there would be magic involved but it was not, still really good!
'And I Darken' was the first book that I've ever read by Ms. Kiersten White, but it certainly won't be the last. The first book in 'The Conquerers' series, it managed to completely captivate me. I am both intrigued, enamored, and at times appalled, by these characters and the turbulent world that they occupy.

Lada Dragwlya is an unlikely heroine. She's unattractive, uncouth and at times, downright mean. She's everything her father had hoped for in a son, but got in his daughter. Her only redeemin
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
“So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?”

A gem of a book.
It was savage and brilliant, a bloody tale of politics laced with tainted relationships, betrayals and desire. For freedom, for power, for human touch. For greatness.

In And I Darken, Kiersten White travels through time to medieval Wallachia, a vassal state of the blooming Ottoman Empire. To the court of Vlad Dracul, the cruel father that
Helen 2.0
"It is the way of the world. You can be the aggressor, you can fight against crusaders on their own land, or you can stay at home and wait for them to come to you. And they would come. They would come with fire, with disease, with swords and blood and death. Weakness is an irresistible lure."
4.5 stars.

Lada made an awesome first impression, not everyone can claim to be a badass right from birth. She wasn't exactly relatable - most of the time I couldn't figure out what her motivations were - bu
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
•full review posted now•

“On our wedding night," she said, "I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.”

I'm in the process of giving my grades up for adoption because I'm unfit to raise them myself.

Is there any possibility that I can tr
this book could have been cut down by 475 pages tbh.

review to come.

I want pain ;) and death ;) and feels ;) and all the good things everyone promises ;) otherwise you might find me attending my own funeral ;) because i'll be dead from the disappointment ;) and i can't handle this being a disappointment ;)

anyways,,,, i'm excited.

BR with my favorite type of lube
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
Dear Kiersten White,

Thank you for restoring my faith in the YA Fantasy genre. I’ve had bad luck with it this year and I really needed someone to show me that the genre wasn’t the problem, and I wasn’t the problem, but instead I was just reading the wrong books.

Thank you for making me feel so much. For filling me up to the brim with emotion. Love, hatred, happiness, despair, frustration, glee, anxiety, passion. I felt it all while reading And I Darken and I can’t remember the last time a book did
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
When I saw the premise for this story..A female anti-hero retelling of Vlad the a sort of Game of Thorns vibe..I was all set to start handing out some stars.
Palm Springs commercial photography

The book starts with Lada (Ladislav-but she will punch you in the face for calling her that) and her brother Radu growing up in Wallachia. Lada wants to impress her father Vlad so that she can prove that even though born female she is a force to be reckoned with. And she is..
Palm Springs commercial photography

Occasionally she informed her tutors when a torture m
Yusra ✨
yes. I am re-reading. even though I have a million other books to read & im reading 5 books right now. IT’S WARM OUTSIDE, the sun is out and I miss my favs too much. xoxox


dear friends,
I have rambled on and on about how much I love this book, and haven’t written a proper review for it yet. but seriously. I love this book 2 the moon and back. I was so intrigued, in love, bracing for the pain and it hit me hard. & when I finish this series, I’m going to spend a straight 5 hours sitting
3.5/5 stars

Edit: Looking back on this, I believe I need to edit some things. See, I posted this review when I was new to Goodreads, so I thought giving a book three stars would be considered "rude" (which I find kind of amusing now, considering some of my more...rant-y reviews). Thankfully, now I know that's not the case. Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoyed this book. It did drag on a bit in some parts, and I may or may not have skimmed a few sections when things got boring, but I do love
Highly-recommended. My new favorite.
A read for The Quarterly Book Club’s Fourth Quarter: Historical Fiction

“So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?”

This was my first time to read a book by this author and I will definitely check out her other works. Her writing is exceptionally exquisite. She was able to rebuild a long-gone world in my head and piqued my curiosi
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Listen. Listen. I adore this series. I love it in my soul. Buuuuuut this is a great example of a series where book one is a great setup but book two is where the payoff is. Even though I had some issues here, it should be noted that book two, Now I Rise, is one of my all-time favorite books, improving on every one of my issues with this book.. Top five-single-books-ever level. Feel free to drop on over to my review.

I admit that I loved this slightly more while reading it - I think time and medi
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, in-english
I have never, never been so disappointed in my life, not even when I have found out that my gym crush is already married. I was so close to DNF it but I kept reading because I wanted to at least like it but it didn't happen.

Now just let me find a dark corner where I can cry over my disappointment.
Natalie Monroe
"She would never toss aside her country the way her father had. She would protect it.

A small sob threatened to break free. What could she do? She had no power.

Yet, she vowed. She had no power

Can I get a high five for reached expectations? Bring it in, come on.

And I Darken is YA at its finest. There were times when I questioned if it should be classified as NA/Adult because the themes it deals with and the characters' thought processes get pretty dark. And then there's the history/world
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may ➹ (semi hiatus)
hello, welcome to my funeral in which I am buried under 10 feet of dirt and broken relationships by the people who used to be my friends before I, uh, strongly disliked this book

2.5 stars. I tried so hard to love it. but oh my god when will I finally learn that I will never love historical fiction jesus christ!!!!! unless it’s gay, but even the (little) gay that was in this was not enough to save me from 400 pages of boredom!!!!!

review & rant to come but please don’t kill me (again) you have
Lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars

To résumé my experience with this book in seven words: it put me in a reading slump. I really wanted (and expected) to love it, but, oh well.

Here’s a list of all the things I did not do:

Care about the historical context in this book, which, apparently, is also immensely insulting to the people whose history is being “reimagined”—and while I’m not one of them, the reasoning behind their outrage resonates with me all too well.

Found the storyline intriguing. Excepting the first 30%
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I do not give five stars easily but there's just nothing I didn't like about this book.

Solid 5 stars. If you haven't read this yet, do yourself a favor and go pick it up right now.

Full review to come.
Simona Bartolotta
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, in-english
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

"I am no longer the daughter of the dragon." She lifted her chin, sights set on the horizon. "I am the dragon."

This book is an escalation of surprises.

•The first thing that will strike you -almost literally, strike you- is Lada, the female (and absolute, in truth, because even though other characters, or at least another one, have a role as important as hers, she is the one who shines throughout the whole st
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't believe I waited this long to start this series!? It's so good.
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“On our wedding night," she said, "I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.” 254 likes
“The last time she was up here, she had been... staring up at the sky and dreaming of stars. Now, she looked down and plotted flames.” 115 likes
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