FIRST OFF, if you haven’t read And I Darken, drop everything and PICK UP A COPY IMMEDIATELY. I demand it.
Secondly, did you see those pomegranates on the cover? It’s possibly the most violent fruit I’ve ever seen—and I love it.
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ THE AND I DARKEN SERIES
- A SWEET SUMMER CHILD WHO GOES BY THE NAME OF RADU
- lots of violent romance
- beautiful covers that depict weapons brutally stabbing flowers, jewelry, and fruit (yes, fruit. a pomegrante, to be exact.)
- gender-swapped dracula woahhh
- an antiheroine who is not drop-dead gorgeous and wiLL nOT conFORm to your deLICATE sensibilities
- the ottoman empire!! history!!
- Need I say more
The second book in The Conqueror’s Saga, Now I Rise, released this past summer, and Bright We Burn is being released July 10. I’m basically shaking with anticipation.
I don’t think Delacorte has released a formal excerpt, so for now, here are five little snippets I’ve screenshotted from the author’s social media accounts! (Her user is @kierstenwhite and she is genuinely HILARIOUS so if you have a Twitter I urge you to click the follow button ASAP!)
To those who have not yet read And I Darken: READ NO FURTHER. (Spoilers, obviously.)
1. Excerpt From First Chapter (AKA All Hail Prince Lada)
Lada Dracul had cut through blood and bone to get the castle.
I think this line speaks for itself. GO LADA GO DESTROY THEM ALL MY PRECIOUS MURDER DARLING.
2. Opening Sentences Of An Extremely Brutal Chapter
Lada surveyed the bridge mournfully. “Are we certain we do not have enough gunpowder to just blow it up?”
Nicolae put a hand on her shoulder and gave a grim nod. “I am afraid we have to dismantle it the old-fashioned way: by forcing other people to do it.”
Apparently Kiersten White’s signs copies of these books with a heartfelt “I’m so, so, so sorry” which is TOTALLY REASSURING.
3. Relationship Status: It’s Complicated
So that meant thirty thousand. She had expected fewer than that, but—
“Sixty thousand fighting men.”
“God’s wounds,” she exhaled, letting the number wash over her like the waves lapping at the shore in front of her. “Sixty thousand? Are you certain?”
“Another twenty thousand in support, but judging from the supply trains, they do not expect this to be a long campaign.”
“Sixty thousand.” Lada lowered her head. And then she started laughing. It was snorts and exhalations, her shoulders shaking with the effort of keeping silent.
“Are you… well?”
Lada shook her head. Sixty thousand! No one could have guessed Mehmed would bring that many. Not even she had guessed. She knew it was wrong, but something warm and pleased licked to life deep inside her. It really was a tremendous show of respect on his part.
And a deeply inconvenient one. This was a fine time for someone to finally take her seriously.
I think we can all agree that Mehmed and Lada aren’t exactly the best at dating? I’m pretty sure the only way Lada knows how to express her love is by sending him legions of armies.
4. Meals at Tirgoviste
Nicolae gestured to the bundle of reports he had given her. “Did you see the new woodcut? Very skilled artist. It is the next page.”
She was sorting through as best she could while riding, dropping each page to the road as she finished. None had been anything but slander. Nothing important. Nothing true. Her thick gloves were not suited to manipulating thin sheets, but she shuffled until she found the illustration. “I am dining on human flesh amid a forest of impaled bodies.”
“You are! Meals in Tirgoviste have changed since you sent me out here.”
Lada adjusted her red satin hat, a jeweled star in the middle representing the falling star that had accompanied her ascension to the throne. “He got my hair all wrong.”
Nicolae reached out and tugged one of her long, curling locks. “It is difficult to capture such majesty with simple tools.”
(DID I MENTION I LOVE NICOLAE)
5. Random Quote
She is my light that never goes out. And you are the glass that protects our flame.
If this isn’t Nazira and Fatima I swear I’m going to stab someone Lada-style.
(P.S. If you preorder through Mystgalaxy, you get a signed/personalized book PLUS some cute Radu + Lada art!)