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Now I Rise

(The Conqueror's Saga #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  16,841 ratings  ·  2,630 reviews
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 476 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Carla I don't hate Radu, but I do hate reading from his point of view because every other word is Mehmed. Drives me insane how obsessed with him he is.

I don't hate Radu, but I do hate reading from his point of view because every other word is Mehmed. Drives me insane how obsessed with him he is.

Priyanshi Seriously, you are not alone! I love Radu, even though he is not badass like Lada. Yeah, I know everyone loves a strong and badass character.
And hist…more
Seriously, you are not alone! I love Radu, even though he is not badass like Lada. Yeah, I know everyone loves a strong and badass character.
And historically speaking, Radu was indeed Sultan’s lover and concubine. He was known as "cel frumos". I totally ship them. *defends self with two spears*
And I seriously want Lada to turn into the infamous Impaler. She is just awesome.(less)

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Emily May
"They are soldiers. They depend upon routine, and anything out of the ordinary will give them pause. And they are men. They hate to be insulted, but they love to hear others mocked. And they are fools, because they cannot imagine that a woman alone in the woods would be a threat."

That was AWESOME. I guess it's my "western" ignorance that keeps me thinking of this series as fantasy. It feels, to me at least, like fantasy. And yet, both And I Darken and Now I Rise are brutal, dark, fictional t
Miranda Reads
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Do not lose that hunger. You will always have to fight... You will have to be more ruthless, more brutal, more everything.
Lada Dracul - Prince of Wallachia - is ready to rule her country...only that country refuses to be ruled by a Dracul or by a woman.

However, Lada has made her decision, and that is all that matters.
No one will be more brutal than me. No one will be more ruthless. And I will never stop fighting.
But she cannot rule alone - she has her loyal men, her childhood friend (Bo
Elle (ellexamines)
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone?? holy shit
Recommended to Elle by: Tori
this is the gay masterpiece I deserved in the year of our lord 2017 and it is still a masterpiece in 2019

And I Darken was a well-written and developed book, but I had mixed feelings on the romance and wanted a bit more in the character department. I did not expect either aspect to improve. I definitely did not expect White to fix BOTH of my issues with book one. It's not often a sequel can surpass my expectations so much, but this sequel is undeniably better than book one. Now I Rise both does a
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Let us begin!!



**************THERE WILL BE SOME SPOILERS *************

Okay, so I freaking hate Mehmed! He was alright in the beginning of the first book when him and Lada, and Radu were just friends. And then he becomes Sultan and Lada encourages him and he's a prat! First off, I don't like that crap custom of having the harem. He's in love with Lada but popping out kids. My arse!

And Lada and Radu just keep loving him no matter what. The hell?

Anyhoo, Lada is off trying to get her throne of Wall
Simona B
The daughter of Wallachia wants her knife back.

•Last year, I adored And I Darken. I think its publication was a true event; I don’t know of any other YA historical/fantasy series or standalones that can be said to get close to what And I Darken presented its readers with. Kiersten White had clearly meant her story to stand out as unique, and she succeeded gloriously. Just the fact that her heroine didn’t put love above anything else was impossibly refreshing; the two male protagonists were so
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you had told me 10 years ago, when i was bored out of my mind in world history class, that i will voluntarily read a series about the ottoman empire and the siege of constantinople (not to mention i would also enjoy myself throughout), i would have said youre crazy. and yet, here i am. lol.

the pacing/layout of this series is so organised and straightforward - i love it! the first book is an intro to the characters and the ascension of mehmed, this one focuses on the siege of various kingdoms,
When I finished the first book in 'The Conqueror's Saga', I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book. I absolutely loved Mehmed, Lada and Radu. I was completely taken in by their unique personalities and the love that they had for one another. Despite the fact that their interests were often conflicting, they managed to remain the closest of friends, and sometimes more.

However, I am sad to say that I didn't get the same pleasure from reading 'Now I Rise'. It was like this book came along a
C.G. Drews
This was so bloody and so brilliant. Like Lada has never had any chill, but she has LESS THAN NONE NOW because wow. This is fantastically dark and twisty and intriguing and also kind of depressing?? I admit I'm not giving it the full stars mostly because I felt...a bit slumped after the end. I shall explain. But just so you know: HOLY WOW I LOVE THIS SERIES A LOT.

+ The characters are totally what's absolutely caught my heart.
Like put in all the HEART EYES here for our Slytherin little children.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 And I Darken ★★★★★
#2 Now I Rise ★★★★★
#3 Bright We Burn ★★★☆☆

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.

FIVE. FREAKING. STARS. Now I Rise is non-stop action, death, war, betrayal, and general bad-assery from Lada. She was built into this amazing, fierce little creature in the first book, but her leadership qualities as well as her dedication to Wallachia really shine in this one.

After lea
♛ may

Fricken hell, someone hold me, I've felt like my heart was in my throat for the last 5 chapters and now I'm going to continue the rest of my life like this

thanks for that keirsten white, i hope you're proud of yourself

4.5 stars (and im not promising any review go away and leave me to mourn my existence)


attempt #2:

hoping this time ill be able to get into it

Buddy read with mah big sis, Jia


oh my
Whitney Atkinson
4.5 stars

This series continues to amaze me just because of its depth and scope. For a while I thought this book was just boring politics, but then I realized that it continues to play with the themes of identity and religion/culture. But in this book, it also questions loyalty and morality and it’s just??? so good????? I don’t want this to sound like I’m shitting on other YA books but this is seriously so thought-provoking and mature (not in its content, really, just that it tackles so many them
reading this book felt like a tedious chore.

literally nothing happens in this book and 1.5 stars only for Cyprian, Radu, Nazira and Fatima. everything and everyone else can choke.

I'm expecting this to be wayyyyy more better than AID and if it's not I'm going to fight this book and beat it UP.

Buddy read with a hard mango
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Elle (ellexamines)

“Hatred makes monsters of us all.”

Friends, I’ll be honest with you, I have been dreading writing this review. I don’t know what’s wrong with me or my reading tastes, but this series just isn’t the series for me. So many of my friends love this series more than anything and you should check out their reviews: Chaima (Muslim ownvoices), Elise, and Emily! But, sadly, I’m calling it quits and I’m not reading the third book. And if you want my honest opinion? Read The Traitor Baru Cormora
{Types on Google}

how do I explain to my family and friends that this book is the love of my life?

Yeah, review still coming :p


reasons why i should never be trusted

✓ this book arrived so quickly like i didn't even blink yet and it was here.....right in my hands
✓ when i opened the box though that's when i realized that life will never let you
✓ first of all, i ordered the wrong cover
✓ trust me for once my eyesight is not the problem
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
oh my God oh my God oh my GoD ohmygodohmygod OH MY GOD SOMEONE HOLD ME I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH


Update 12/08/2017 : I finally have this beauty in my hands and so it's time to read it!!!

Actual buddy read (more like forced her) with my little sister Maymay.


I'm impatiently waiting for my copy to arrive so I finally read this beauty. It's one of my 2017 anticipated reads so I really hope it's as good (or even better!) as And I Darken.

Buddy reading with my love

and... um, her too... yea
“No one will be more brutal than me. No one will be more ruthless. And I will never stop fighting.”

And true to its word this book is more brutal, more ruthless, and stakes were never this high before. Reading And I Darken was not an easy experience for me, but Now I Rise doubles it in intensity and heartbreak. When you have to chose between people you love and right and wrong, things get very messy. There’s no white or black, everything’s gray and painful.

Once again Kiersten White i
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fierce-leads
"i don't like lada"

"she's too violent"

"what happened to her compassion"

"she's chang–"

this book was bomb and lada s l a y e d my entire existence.
She was a dragon. She was a prince. She was the only hope Wallachia had of ever prospering.
And she would do whatever it took to get there.

she is truly a fearsome thing to behold. so often in novels we get characters that will say they would do anything to accomplish their goals but stop just shy or the author events some miraculous loophole that gi
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Second time reading (in preparation for Bright We Burn) and it's even better this time, especially that final showdown between Lada and the Danesti Boyar nobility. So deliciously devious.
Lada is a complete badass and most definitely my all time fave heroine and if you like strategic political warfare, this series will blow your mind.
The best YA historical fiction series in quite some time. This is one of those series that is so good, you don't want to risk giving any spoilers because it's just that good. The concept alone should be enough to sell the series: An alternate history with Vlad the Impaler as a girl. And if you haven't heard of Vlad the Impaler - he had a reputation for cruelty throughout Europe and took pleasure in torturing and killing his enemies with his most preferred method being impalement. He was also the ...more
Lucy Tonks
"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."

I'm scared for the last book in this series.

I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one, but sadly I was in a but of a reading slump while reading it so it took me a while to finish it.

This series is basically a historical retelling the life of Vlad the Impaler, only in this book he was born a girl called Lada. We also follow Lada's younger brother, Radu, who is
Natalie Monroe
4.5 stars

"I think if you had been a boy, perhaps you would have been satisfied with what the world offered you. This is how we are alike. We saw everything that was not ours, and we hungered. 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."

You know what I love about this series? You have no idea how it's going to end. This is, o
may ➹
DNF @ 57%

how does one say........oops

I care about this book about as much as I care about myself, which is not much at all

1.5 stars and a short review to come making fun of this book because that’s the only good feeling I’ll ever have towards this series

// buddy read with batman
✨    jay   ✨

Why is every event in this literally So Incredibly Shocking when it's historical fiction and I literally already wikipedia-spoiled myself

Anyway Radu is my son and I would literally die for him I love him so much AND OH MY GOD THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. How is it so good Radu's growth is !!!!! god he needs to learn to love himself I'm so emo please son you're doing amazing sweetie (view spoiler)
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lada don't need no man.🙅🏻‍♀️ ...more
Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Kiersten White, and the publisher, Delacorte Press, for this opportunity.

This is the second instalment in the much-loved And I Darken series. The book is set primarily in the dual perspectives of Lada and Radu, daughter and son of the renowned Vlad Dragwyla, prince of Wallachia, during the nineteenth century. They spent their childhood used as political bargaining chips and lived as wards to the sultan of b
Hi, it is I, currently in a reading slump, who just received the ARC of this book, which one DEFINITELY shouldn't try to read while in a reading slump :)) Also guess who loved book 1 but doesn't remember a single thing about it :))) thank god for recaps online.

THAT COVER. Can I just tape it on the inside of my eyelids? *want want want*
alana ♡

"No one will be more brutal than me. No one will be more ruthless. And I will never stop fighting"

Happy release day to this light fluffy read that will warm your heart!

Rating: 4.5/5

I received an ARC of this and I can finally post my review now that it's release day :)

In case you couldn't tell guys that is COMPLETE sarcasm. There is nothing light, fluffy, or heartwarming about this book yet it is still AMAZING. Now I Rise is the sequel to And I Darken and let me tell you this book 1. did
Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
"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."

If you're looking for a Young Adult novel that combines a Vlad the Impaler reimagining with a rich historical setting and a gloriou
Alexandra Emilia
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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My Review for "And I Darken" :

I totally agree with Sara's point of view and she did a remarkable job writing this review.

"History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of Man." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ... “ - George Santayana

“Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them. “ - Edmund Burke

Dear Kiersten White,

The f
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Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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