Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#160): And I Darken by Kiersten White


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I'm featuring:


And I Darken by Kiersten White
Book One of The Conquerors Saga
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters. Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE RED QUEEN, Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES won’t want to miss this visceral, immersive, and mesmerizing novel, the first in a trilogy.

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, who’s expected to rule a nation, 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.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken. 



I ADORED Kiersten White's last two published novels, The Chaos of Stars and Illusions of Fate. Set during the time of the Ottoman Empire, Vlad the Impaler? YES, PLEASE.

42 comments:

  1. Okay so I'm just hearing about this but it sounds amazing! I am adding it to my TBR for sure! My WoW

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you read it, Eve!

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  2. I can't decide if I want to read this one or not. I will probably wait for some reviews.

    My WoW

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  3. Nice! I was debating about reading this one or not. Been a looong time since I've read Kiersten's books. I did see it on Netgalley which presented me with a good long debate on to request or not!

    Hope you get to read it soon and love it!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. If you read it, I hope you like it, Jessica!

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  4. Great choice! I'm waiting on this one too. It looks like it will be FANTASTIC!! Here's my wow pick http://angelerin.blogspot.com/2016/01/waiting-on-wednesday-end-of-watch-bill.html?m=0

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  5. I love how this author can write about everything! This book sounds great! I'm dying to read it, too!

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    1. Seriously though! She is so creative. =)

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  6. I haven't read any of her books yet, but this looks like a great pick!

    My WoW

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  7. I have never read a Kiersten White book. I have heard many good things about her books though. I hope you enjoy the book when you get around to reading it!

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    1. You totally should read one of the ones I linked to!

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  8. I haven't read anything by this author before. I hope you enjoy reading this book!
    My WoW

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  9. Great pick-- hope you get a chance to read it soon.

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  10. This sounds so interesting and unique! Great pick!

    my WoW

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  11. Awesome pick Alyssa I've been dying to read Kiersten White books for a long time now. Her books just call to me too pick them up and read them lol ;) I have a really good feeling that I am going to really love and enjoy her books. And this one looks and sounds absolutely amazing! Thank you for your great post Alyssa!

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    1. You totally should read one! Maybe one of the ones I mentioned above. You're welcome!

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  12. I LOVE Kiersten White's writing! I am excited for this one as well. The cover only helps with my excitement!

    Great pick Alyssa!

    Amber ❤ The Book Bratz
    My WOW

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    1. I agree! Purple is my favorite color. ;D

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  13. I'm very curious about this one too, but I'm waiting on reviews to see if it's anything I'd like. I haven't read many books by the author, but some have been misses. Still though, the concept looks really cool!
    I hope this lives up to your expectations, Alyssa and you end up loving it! :)

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    1. It's its uniqueness, and the historical aspect, that are really pulling me in! And of course, the pretty purple cover. I hope so too and THANK YOU, NICK!

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  14. Ooh, I just spotted this one on another site. Definitely sounds intriguing.

    Thanks for stopping by my Wow.

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  15. Ooooh I wanted to read this one too and totally forgot to add it to my TBR... Thanks for the reminder ;)
    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

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  16. Awesome pick this week Alyssa :D Yay! I cannot wait to read this book too. <3 It will be awesome, I think. But oh. I hadn't realized it was the author of Illusions of Fate, lol :D I didn't like that book :p but still super excited for this one :) Hope you'll love it sweetie. <3

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    1. Aww, that's too bad! I hope you love this book anyway. ;D

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  17. The more I hear about this one, the more I want it. I am also really liking the cover. Hope everyone loves it!

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  18. This one looks sooooo good! I can't wait for it either! Great pick! Oh yeah, and you said you had my WOW but were going to pass, did you mean you were going to pass it on to me? :-)

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    1. You should enter my blogoverary giveaway, if you have not already! ;D

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  19. I'm excited about this one too, but I think I'm going to hold off until the sequel releases. I don't want to run into a pesky triangle in the future! (If only series would come with a warning label!)

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    1. But actually! Warning labels would be great (or maybe the author can tell us triangle haters in private or something lolololol). I want someone to warn me in advance too!

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  20. This one sounds exactly up my alley and I'm DYING to get my greedy hands on it!!!

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    1. I hope we both get a chance to do just that SOON!

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