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And I Darken

Written by Kiersten White
Part of the The Conqueror's Trilogy Series

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In a Nutshell: Ruthless anti-heroine * Epic alternate history * Loyalty and love

Epic and intense, this rich reimagining of Vlad the Impaler as a young woman will have fans of dark history hooked from the outset. Think Game of Thrones transported to the Ottoman Empire.

“Contrary and vicious” since birth, Lada has “a passionate, fierce glimmer that refused to hide or be dimmed”. Her younger brother, Radu, couldn't be more different. He's a delicate rose to her “spiky green weed”, a fury-filled fireball of a girl who, from youth, snarls that she's going to “kill infidels”. At the not-so-tender age of twelve, Lada experiences an exultant mountaintop epiphany that incites feverish devotion to Wallachia, her motherland. When their father, Prince Vlad Dracul, is forced to flee to the Ottoman sultan for help, the sultan takes Lada and Radu into his court, thus procuring Vlad’s loyalty. While Lada despites the empire that’s dragged down her beloved Wallachia, Radu feels at home here and converts to Islam. The siblings’ lives shift irrevocably, and are further complicated, when they meet Mehmed, the sultan’s son. While he becomes Lada’s ally, Mehmed is still heir to the empire she so furiously loathes and seeks to avenge…

With a plot that twists like a tangle of thorns, this first book in The Conqueror's Trilogy is an ambitious extravaganza of politicohistorical intrigue and conflicted characters, underpinned by the author’s desire to explore how people reach the point at which they rationalise extreme acts in the name of justice. Legions of readers will surely be left longing to know what Lada does next. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

Teens & YA's love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our older Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Isaac Phelan, age 12 - 'A thrilling, beautiful adventure showing a daughters desire to impress her father.'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 18 - 'I don't even know where to begin with this book other than it is the best book of 2016 so far and possibly my life!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'Assassinations, war, heartbreak, loyalty and power are some of the topics that kept me glued to the page.'
  • Izzy Read, age 15 - 'Honestly, And I Darken truly is an epic tale- I’m just glad it’s only the first of a trilogy! '


And I Darken by Kiersten White

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way. Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan's courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets. Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan's son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.


Epic and intense ... fans of dark history [will be] hooked from the outset. Think Game of Thrones transported to the Ottoman Empire It's delicious Fierce and dark ... A superb offering Lada - so ugly and mean that readers will adore her - stubbornly rejects gender roles ... and the characters ... benefit from complex motivations and an unconventional love triangle. Addictive intrigue Kirkus

About the Author

KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels for teens. 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.

Kiersten White is the author of Paranormalcy.

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496 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

7th July 2016




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