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 sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Heres Why:
What I liked:
The history, the characters, the world building; it was all amazing! Lada is viscous and true to herself even when life gets in the way. I love that about her. This book is a retelling of Vlad the Impaler only the gender roles are reversed and I cannot believe I didn’t read this story sooner. It was fast paced and beautifully written and a slight tinge of historical fiction thrown in to the mix. I was thrown into this world so forcefully and now I do not want to leave it.
What I didn’t like:
The ending was a little rushed, at least in my opinion. The only other thing I didn’t like was that The father left something to be desired and I still can’t place my finger on it!
There are some triggers for murder and violence. If you like these kinds of stories than this book is for you. IT is a fascinating tale and you cant help but fall in love with the characters and the world they live in. Kudos to the author on this one! I can’t wait to continue reading this series!