This week I read a dark, twisty, alternate history book that took intrigue and deception to another level. Think, Game of Thrones for young adults that takes place in the Ottoman Empire. Oh yea.
And I Darken by Kiersten White is the story of the Dragwlya children: Lada and Radu. As children, Lada and Radu are ripped from their homeland, Wallachia and are taken to the Ottoman Empire as hostages to keep their father and their homeland loyal to the empire. But Lada and Radu are no ordinary children.
Lada’s nurse prayed: “Let her be strong. Let her be sly. And let her be ugly.” Lada is all of these things and more. Her heart beats for Wallachia and she cannot be controlled. Radu, on the other hand, is beautiful, charismatic, smart and adored by all. He is drawn to Islam and feels more at home with the Ottoman court then in the dense woods…
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