Review: And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

And I Darken
By: Kiersten White
Release Date: June 28th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: The Conqueror's Saga

I’m not going to lie to everyone – sometimes I do judge books by their cover. When I saw this cover in particular I was drawn in by the dagger and flower petals. I’m also a sucker for simple titles.

In the time of the Ottoman Empire we follow the story of Lada and Radu, princess and prince of Wallachia as they are taken from their home and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman Courts (as part of a deal between the empires). To everyone’s surprise these two outsiders become close friends with Mehmed, the son of the Ottoman sultan.

This book was simply put- amazing. While it may not have been perfect in every way the connection between the three main characters, their personalities and the challenges facing each of them completely enthralled me.

Seeing this characters go through their own lives was a whirlwind of emotion and I felt connected to each one of them. I cheered for Lada when she was smart and cunning, adored Radu for his kindness and felt for Mehmed when he expressed concern over what is expected of him and whether or not he could do it.

There was not a single point in this book where the pace dropped for me or I wasn’t interested. There were times where they are talking about war strategies or court politics which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but if the story is interesting enough I don’t mind these parts.

“He is magnificent,” Radu whispered.
“He is the end of us,” Lada answered.

I decided after finishing book one in this series that I needed a break from the genre and I jumped back into my crime novels. I’m hoping to go back to the rest of the series soon, I just have a giant TBR pile to tackle first and I’m working towards hitting my yearly goal. May not get back to The Conqueror’s Saga this year but it is at the top of my list for 2021.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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