- Pages: 475
- Genre: Historical Fiction
- Series: The Conquerors Saga #1
- Author: Kiersten White
- Publisher: Delacorte Press
- Source: Library
- Release Date: April 5th, 2012
- Format: Hardcover and Paperback
- Rating: A
- Quote from Reviewer: “This book is like nothing you have ever seen before. Forget the stereotypes of Vlad The Impaler being a male with fangs and chalky white skin; Vladislav Dracul is in town and she will blow you away.’
Vlad the Impaler- a figure feared and respected throughout history- even going as far to be the idea for the popular classic, Dracula. But what if this iconic conqueror was a girl?
Meet Vladislav Dracul, a princess imprisoned in her own country. Vladislav, or Lada as she later becomes, is in no way the royal everyone expects her to be. In order to survive being born a girl, she must be brutal and fierce- especially when her father abandoned Lada and her angelic brother, Radu in the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Lada bides her time until she can escape the sultan and return to her homeland. Then she meets Mehmed. Completely untouched from the hurricane of politics around him, he seems like the only person worthy of her passion. But politics is a dangerous game and the clock is winding down until Lada has to choose between her country, her calling and the son of the Empire that threatens to destroy her and everything she loves.
Going into this book, I expected the usual fantasy elements- dragons, magic etcetera, etcetera. However, this novel is more of a historical fiction book. If you expect fantasy, you will be disappointed. But, on the other hand, And I Darken had an incredible plot. One thing I think the author, Kiersten White, did really well was the complexity of the characters.
How to describe Lada Dracul? Well, I found a spoiler free quote from the book.
“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.”
Another valued part of And I Darken is that it doesn’t just throw a prologue in your face then try and explain everything as it progresses, but follows the characters throughout their lives. At times, the plot can be slow, but it is well worth it to continue reading. Each of the characters has a different personality trait that draws the reader in further.
Furthermore, the novel does contain frequent violent scenes and referrals to the Sultan’s Harem, however, this does not in any way take away from the brilliance of this story.
In conclusion, I would give this book a steady A and highly recommend it!