Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Book Title: Now I Rise
Author: Kiersten White
Book Series: The Conqueror’s Saga, #2
Reading Format: Hardcover
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐¹/₂ 

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.

Love, love this book so much!

There is just something about Historical Fiction that intrigues me these days. Of course, they do take me a little more time to read and finish because they tend to have more information or detail. The Conqueror’s Saga definitely takes time to read because there are a lot of time periods to it, and most of the time it will go back and forth from a certain time to the next in each chapter.

While reading Now I Rise, I couldn’t help to be a little shocked with most of the actions the characters have made. I love that Kiersten White didn’t shy away from some of the love scenes that are featured in this book. I mean they aren’t extremely descriptive, but the amount that was featured was honestly perfect. Those scenes had my heart fluttering every time.

If you are wondering if the sequel to And I Darken is any good then I am here to tell you: YES! In my opinion, I think the sequel is a little better than the first book because we get more of the history.


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