Welcome to my stop on the NOW I RISE Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I am super excited to be a part of the tour and to share my thoughts about this second book in Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga.
I love, love, loved the first book in the series, and NOW I RISE has been one of my most anticipated reads of the year. And let me tell you it is even more awesome than I ever could have hoped it would be.
If you’d like to know what I thought, my unspoiler-y as possible review is below. If you’d like to check out the other stops on the tour, the schedule follows at the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this incredibly epic sequel, enter in the Rafflecopter.
About NOW I RISE
Title & Series: NOW I RISE (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Release date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.
Note: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.
NOW I RISE is the epic and gripping and action-packed sequel in this already amazing series that reimagines the history of Vlad the Impaler in a most original way. Filled to the brim with bloody battles, political maneuvering, difficult choices, devastating losses, and crushing betrayal, it is an enthralling and intense and unputdownable read.
It is not a story for the faint of heart. It blurs the lines between good and evil, right and wrong, heroes and villains. It confronts head-on a number of tough subjects – religion, equality, sexual orientation, assault. It shows that sometimes the only way to a better future is through violence, manipulation, sacrifice. But it also shows what choosing this path costs.
Lada did not regret her choice to leave Mehmed in order to attempt to take back her Wallachia. Being a part of the sultan’s harem was not an option. Constantinople was not her dream. She had to pursue her own goals, even if it meant doing so without him by her side and without her brother Radu, whose skills would have been an asset in her quest to become prince.
However much she missed them both, she would not be distracted from what she desired most. And even without Radu’s gift for diplomacy, she was determined to reclaim her land, by whatever violent means necessary.
With Lada out of the way, Radu hoped that Mehmed would finally see how he felt and would return his affections. But his use as a spy meant first distancing himself from his sultan and then leaving for Constantinople.
The danger would be great, but his loyalty to and love for Mehmed made it worth the risk. Though with every day that passed, he was less certain of the righteousness, effectiveness, and goodness of his own actions. He was less clear about his relationship with Mehmed. He was less confident about who his enemies really were.
Kiersten White did a masterful job with this second book in the series. It does not suffer from middle book syndrome in the least. It is even more riveting than its predecessor, even more thought-provoking, even more exciting.
Alternating between Lada and Radu’s points of view allows for even more action, suspense, tension. It emphasizes the differences between Lada’s ruthless and almost remorseless approach to achieving her objectives and Radu’s more balanced but conflicted approach toward reaching his.
There is no shortage of bloodshed, pride, or greed. There is no room for weakness. There are no simple solutions. There is heartbreak, defeat, devotion, faith, and undying love. All of which make NOW I RISE a significant and extraordinary and incredibly memorable must-read.
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
About Kiersten White
Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of And I Darken, the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Games series, Illusions of Fate, The Chaos of Stars, and In the Shadows with artist Jim Di Bartolo. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.
Other Books in the Series
Title & Series: AND I DARKEN (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Release date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
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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.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for…
- Three (3) winners will receive a finished copy of NOW I RISE – US Only
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The Tour Schedule
- 6.19.17 | Bookfever – Excerpt
- 6.20.17 | Lisa Loves Literature – Review
- 6.21.17 | Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview
- 6.22.17 | Fiktshun – Review
- 6.23.17 | Carina’s Books – Spotlight
- 6.26.17 | Dazzled By Books – Review
- 6.27.17 | Books and Things – Review
- 6.28.17 | Rattle the Stars – Review
- 6.29.17 | YA Books Central – Spotlight
- 6.30.17 | Once Upon a Twilight – Excerpt