Now I Rise: 2 (And I Darken) Hardcover – 27 June 2017
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★ "Gorgeous, rich, and rewarding."--Booklist, starred review
★ "Absolutely devastating in the best way."--Kirkus, starred review
"Lush and ominous."--SLJ
“A+, 5 knives.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the STARBOUND and ILLUMINAE FILES trilogies
“Fierce, epic, and crazy fun.”—Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of THE HAZEL WOOD
“Kiersten White is a genius.”—Justine Larbalestier, author of MY SISTER ROSA and LIAR
Praise for AND I DARKEN:
“A dark jewel of a story, one that gleams with fierce, cunning characters—absolutely riveting.” —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger
“Kiersten White at her absolute best. The epic story will thrill you, the Transylvanian setting will transport you, and the characters (especially the fierce, take-no-prisoners Lada) will capture your heart. Don’t miss it.” —Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series
“Sweeping and epic, AND I DARKEN is a gender-bent take on history that gives us a fierce and brutal heroine, a fascinating time period, and a beautifully intelligent look at love, family, and power. I loved every twisty, bloody moment of it!” —Rachel Hawkins, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“As richly complex and glittering as the Ottoman Empire itself, AND I DARKEN is daring in its scope and brilliantly executed. The fiercely dark Lada is a razor-edged sword tempered in the blood of family betrayals and the fire of her own passions. I was instantly and utterly smitten. She haunted me long after I turned the final page and left me craving more.” —Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin series
“A jewel of a book—a jewel embedded in the hilt of a blood-soaked sword. A brilliantly envisioned alternate history that is meticulously detailed but compulsively readable, this is a story I could not put down. I demand the sequel like Lada demands Wallachia!” —Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series
“An intense, risky, passionate novel that dragged me through love and danger with the force of its heroine’s heart and the power of its hero’s faith.” —Tessa Gratton, author of the Gods of New Asgard series
“Girls with teeth and priorities. I want to read this book forever.” —E. K. Johnston, author of A Thousand Nights
★ “Full of sword fights, assassination plots, and palace intrigues, this novel is ambitious in scope and concept and reveals a fascinating, important, and somewhat obscure slice of history . . . the novel is breathtakingly good.” —School Library Journal, Starred review
★ “White deftly weaves historical fact into this complex concoction of love, war, politics, homosexuality, religion, loyalty, and friendship.” —Booklist, Starred review
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“A dark, gritty, and seriously badass epic that will have you dying for more . . . required reading for every feminist fantasy fan.” —BuzzFeed
“Evocative . . . this book takes no prisoners.” —NPR
“An addictively readable book with a depth and richness that justifies every one of its 496 pages.” —The Salt Lake Tribune
“A dark, vicious book with beautiful storytelling, well-developed characters, and a fast-paced, intricate plot.” —Paws and Paperbacks
“Fantastic.” —One Page at a Time
“Dark, mesmerizing, and addictive.” —A Cupcake and a Latte
“Fascinating.” —Cracking the Cover
“A feast for the senses.” —Book Swoon
“The twists become gut wrenching . . . I can’t wait to see what else White has in store for us!” —Under the Covers
“And I Darken was incredible . . . amazing alternate history because it felt SO real . . . it’s all so complicated in the best way, sometimes loving and sometimes toxic.” —Gone With the Words
“Vicious and unforgiving and ruthless and oh so enthralling. Also, the FEELS.” —Star-Crossed Book Blog
“A jewel. . . . I personally love this book to the core.” —When Curiosity Killed the Cat
“White does everything right. . . . Fast-paced, exquisitely detailed enough to bring this familiar era to life, and with the added benefit of revisiting one of history’s most infamous warrior-rulers, there is nothing not to love in And I Darken. Waiting to see how the rest of Lada’s story unfolds is going to be excruciating.” —That’s What She Read
“A dark, twisted, savagely beautiful story almost gothic in its imagery and fearless in its storytelling. It is an immersive experience; one I fully intend to revisit often. It’s witty, at turns touching, more than occasionally funny, and unapologetically violent. . . the beginning of a journey of self-discovery, romance, angst, loyalty, betrayal, sacrifice, and war.” —Shelf Envy
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- Publisher : Delacorte Press (27 June 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553522353
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553522358
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 675 g
- Dimensions : 16.08 x 3.51 x 23.65 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #544,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That was just the awesomeness I’ve been missing for a long while ! And I Darken was the most wonderful book and I just can’t resist getting my hands on this one as soon as it was out . And boy am I going to fangirl hard for sometime .
Firstly , you gotta go read And I Darken , if you haven’t already . Just go get it and you’ll fall so hard you won’t be able to get out of dark fantastical love hole that book pushes you into . Then come back and pick this one because who can say no to this ? And let this book push you deeper into that little love hole . *laughs maniacally *
Pushing my maniac side aside , And I Darken and Now I Rise are both dark , brutal , historical books that are written so wonderfully . White definitely knew how to twist the story line and keep people’s eyes plastered to the book as she read the story to us slowly , yet steadily .
Now I Rise is about the fall of Constantinople and I have to admit , I know very little of that . I got advice from someone to go into this book knowing a little history of this . But after I read it , I don’t think you need to study history . So if you’re pushing this to the bottom of your tbr , then it’s time to do some tbr-revising .
How do I even review this without giving away a little of the book one ? But whatever . I’ll fangirl with you once you complete the book ! Get on board . I can’t recommend this enough !
Top reviews from other countries
As Lada's sights on the Wallachian throne never shift, neither do Radu's from the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed. Both are determined to get what they want and both have very different methods of attaining them. Lada is as sharp as the knives she wields, and Radu has a gift for manipulation and words. Whilst Lada inches ever closer to her dream, Radu is sent further from his, in order to get closer than ever. Both brother and sister wish the other were with them in order to help them, and strive to harness what their sibling does best. Lada begins to realise she has no way with words, and Radu must muster confidence to plunge daggers into the hearts of men he bears no ill will. Both Lada and Radu come to realise that their dreams comes with a price, and both must make devastating choices if they wish to have them realised.
This sequel is badass. Seriously. Lada is more bloodthirsty, and even Radu does some things that are out of character but he is forced into. Whilst Lada is supposed to be the main storyline, Radu's is just as engaging--as it was in the first book--and I can't pick a favourite between them. They are two sides of the same coin. Where the first book was a coming of age, this one is more centered around solidifying their characters and the reader really gets to grips with who they are as people and what they are willing to do. They have beautiful character arcs that are nicely fleshed out. Both journeys were incredible, and I loved every page.
It also has me reaching for a history book, as I have no real knowledge of the Crusades or the Ottomans in general. Most of my education focused on WW2, so personally, I found it refreshing to be immersed in so different a culture that ultimately shaped the history of Christianity and Islam. Whilst White makes allowances for taking from history to create fiction, she writes so seamlessly and shows such understanding of nobility and the general way of life in Hungary, Wallachia, Constantinople, etc, that I feel thirsty to know more.
For YA, it's quite dark, but isn't that the road the genre is headed down these days? Personally, I loved it. I can't wait for the next one.
I really enjoyed the first book, and I finally treated myself to paperbacks of the whole trilogy. So, please excuse me if there is any crossover of content that is in the other books, because I've been tearing through all three in one go, and it's a bit of a blur!
We jump in about 6 months after the end of the first book.
Lada has tried to reclaim her throne, but she is being blocked by short-sighted boyars and other men in power, who can't see past her being a girl. They cannot see beyond their traditions and dismiss her.
She can no longer rely on her brother, and Mehmed's promises are empty.
Lada finally finds an ally in Hunyadi, the Hungarian general she has admired for years.
I was completely hooked, following her frustrations with the men (and women) that constantly demand that she conform, that she should adopt dresses and a meek attitude to placate the men around her.
Naturally, Lada is strongly opposed to this. I loved watching her pull apart the old world to forge a new, fairer one. She is utterly brutal.
Meanwhile, Radu begins to feel like his friendship with Mehmed is getting strained. Mehmed is playing his part as Sultan, remaining professional and distant at most times, and let's not forget that Radu is still hopelessly in love with him.
Radu gets to prove his usefulness when Mehmed sends him to Constantinople as a spy, to break the city from within, just as his army will lay siege to the walls.
Radu goes willingly, but the theory of spying for the good of the empire does not match up to having to live with the people he is betraying.
The distance helps Radu come to terms with his unrequited love for Mehmed - not to mention, a little help from a certain Cyprian.
At the end, because of Lada and Mehmed's complete inability to compromise, it's clear that the three of them will be brought together again.
Time for the final part!
I wish all my history lessons would have been written like this. This book reads like a fun fantasy story but it is a total historic fiction, it seems very well researched and I learn so much about the era and the Ottoman empire. Thank you Kiersten for teaching me a thin or two about that time and place.
It is incredible how a gay/lesbian story arc is woven into that time period, makes total sense and doesnt feel preachery or pushed/fake. Well done!
I enjoyed how the characters develoed so much. Especially Radu, who only felt like the whiney sidekick in the first book became one of my favorite story arcs. I could read about him and Nazira for hours, following them has turned into my favorite part.
- Cool story
- Amazing writing
- Show don't tell at top speed
- REAL characters with great development
- Plot twists
- Emotions coming right at you like cannon balls
In book one I was Lada's n.1 fan. I liked Radu, but I was completely focused on how I can relate to Lada. Now, I love Radu as well! :D
So... yeah... dying to read book 3!