Lada Dracul seeks her younger brother Radu’s help in securing the Wallachian throne, but their father, Sultan Mehmed, has sent him to sabotage Constantinople.
This book was very good. There was lots of intrigue and suspicion throughout this book and I loved it. I did feel bad for Lada and Radu during this book, something that I thought that I would never do. Especially Lada. The plot had a moderate amount of action in it, not as much as I would have expected but still more than most historical fiction books. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then read on.
The characters were amazing. Lada got more vicious and Radu got more conflicted. Sometimes I feel bad for Radu but then I remember that he chose this life and Lada didn’t. The characters changed a lot and you learned a lot more about some side characters who you thought weren’t important. There was one death that broke my heart because the side character was so kind to one of the main characters. Ms. White was able to make me love some characters and hate others. I cannot wait to see where Ms. White takes the characters in the future.
My favorite character was Lada. She was so strong but there were some moments when I was shaking my head at her stupidity. But she is seventeen so I understand. I liked how Lada made rational decisions most of the time and the other times I could understand her motives. Then Lada got dark and I could see the person she would become. She will help Wallachia and make it a better place. She already is. I cannot wait to see what person she will become. With preferably less bloodshed then Vlad the Impaler.
The plot was very well done. There was more planning than I expected and less action. I enjoyed that and was proud of Lada for her restraint. Sometimes it got a little bit boring but that didn’t happen very much. The pacing was perfect and the book kept moving forward. There quite a few cliffhangers that me stop and take a breath before reading onward. Everything changed quite a lot and it was thrilling. I enjoyed the way that the motives of each of the characters were concealed until the end. And I think that we still don’t know what each character wants.
The setting was very well done. I learned more about the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople, and Hungary. It made me want to learn more about the Middle Ages and the crusades. And it made me want to travel back in time to the Middle Ages so that I could see if Wallachia was as beautiful as Lada thought that it was. I think that it was. We also learned some more of some about Lada’s and Bogdan’s past and what the future might hold for them. I think that the setting was very well done and I can’t wait to see where Lada’s and Radu’s travels bring them in the future.
As you can see, I enjoyed reading this book quite a lot and I highly recommend it to everyone. This book fills my With A MC From A Different Country From You spot for my 2018 Book Bingo. The book summary came from Library of Congres. Please fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons