And I Darken, by Kiersten White

download (1)In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435-at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

When getting into this book I didn’t know much about what it would be about. And then I hadn’t learnt anything about the Ottoman empire so I had to go research about them. And then I had to start all over on the book. But otherwise I loved this book. Want to know why? Then read in.

The characters were very intense. They never knew what to feel and who’s side to be on. It was very interesting. And Lada is the definition of the No song. Isn’t that obvious? I love the sibling relationship in this book as well. It was a lot like the relationship me and my sisters have. So, very turbulent. And the relationship with Mehemd was also very well done.

My favorite character in this was Huma. She knew what needed to be done and did it. Even though, it was not what everyone else wanted her to do. I loved it. Even though Huma was dying, and she knew it, she still chose to take care of her son and his empire in the best way that she could. That just meant so much to me.

My one big issue with this book was the LBTGQ+ representation seemed fake. Forced. Like, we need to give this book a diverse feel so let’s just through this in here. It was sort of upsetting. If you’re going to do it then get it right. And the character was just like, maybe I love him maybe I love someone else. I can’t decide. I think that it could’ve been done way better. Maybe it will be in the next book.

The plot was very interesting and I enjoying reading about the Ottoman Empire. That book was a history lesson unto itself. I also think that the Muslim vs Christian dynamics were very interesting. That book will teach you things that you never knew that you needed to know. And all of the adventure was intense and this book was really girl power. No one else could do what Lada did and get away with it. So the plot and historical aspect was really intense and I loved it.

The setting was also interesting. As I said earlier, I had to go do some research on the Ottomans and it was very interesting. I learned what I needed to know and then reread the book. But I was very interested in the way things were done at this time so it was very intriguing. I learned a lot which is the purpose of a historical fiction novel, I think. The setting was very detailed and I enjoyed envisioning the world that it was set in. For only learning from the past can we stop ourselves from making the same mistakes in the future.

So, as you can see, I enjoyed reading this book quite a lot, except for some small issues. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Groundhog Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

9 thoughts on “And I Darken, by Kiersten White

  1. So glad you enjoyed it! I guess I need to do some research prior to diving into this book so I can get the full experience. History lessons are always appreciated, especially if it doesn’t really feel like a lesson.
    That’s a shame about the sort of forced representation but I think I read somewhere it got better with the sequel? Don’t take my word for it though.
    Awesome review! Huma, Lada and everyone else sound amazing ❤️

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    1. They are, even if you think you hate them at first. I’ll be picking up the second book the next time I’m at the bookstore to see if the representation gets better.

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