Title: Now I Rise (The Conquerors Saga #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Release Day: June 27th 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“No one will be more brutal than me.
No one will be more ruthless.
And I will never stop fighting.”
After reading And I Darken, I was terrified and excited to read Now I Rise because I wanted the second one to be equally as good or even better and if it wasn’t, I’d be devastated. But, again, White surprised me with how well this story is researched, written and how deep and complex these characters are.
To someone not familiar with the history behind this series, the books almost seem like fantasy world almost like Game of Thrones but for someone like me who is very familiar with the details, this was just delightful to read even though I knew the little spoilery history bits that could haven ruined it but it make reading this all the more excellent. I knew what was coming and reading everyone’s actions I kept going, oh no, oh not don’t do that, or cheering them on. Some part of history have been stretched or altered just a tiny bit so the fictional part of it could fit into the historical genre but overall, this is very accurate once again.
“It is easier to destroy than to build.”
Now I Rise picks up right where And I Darken ended. Lada is on her mission to get Wallachia back and Radu is at Mehmed’s side helping him while hiding his feelings.
The book is almost split into two POVs, Lada and Radu’s, that barely meet. The two of them are following different paths and yet this book highlighted their sibling bond more than I expected which was great. Throughout the story they both keep the other one in their thoughts like a coping mechanism. He needed her fierceness, Radu curled his upper lip, channeling Lada, “I was not aware you had been made emperor of Constantinople.” and she needed his diplomatic skills, She needed her brother. He had a way with people like the Boyars that she never could. I loved those little moment when they’d literally think, what would he/she do? such a nice touch!
Lada has a lot of moments where she is beyond taking anyone’s sexist crap and those moments drove her character further and she proved in action what she’s been saying for so long.
“God is not here tonight, it is only you and me and my knife.
Who wanted me dead?”
Lada is Lada. Badass. Fierce. Vengeful. Bloodthirsty. And she doesn’t put up with anyone telling her what to do or when to speak because she’s the wrong gender.
“I do not take orders from women.”
“My men do not have a similar problem.” Lada lifted a hand. The man fell, a crossbow bolt sticking out from his chest.
What I loved reading about from Radu’ POV was his relationship with Nazira, how they understood one another and how they covered for one another, truly beautiful to see these two people who aren’t allowed to be with those they love, trying to do the best for each other. And later, his relationship with Cyprian, can we have that, please? I just want Radu to find happiness already, is that too much to ask?
And Now I Rise was funnier than I expected too, in the midst of blood, war and power plays, I found myself laughing too much!
“She is so beautiful,” Petru whispered, peering through the hedge they hid behind. “You look nothing like her.”
Nicolae cringed. “And that, Petru, is why your line will die with you.”
If you enjoyed And I Darken, you will love this. Well written characters, accurate historical facts, light on the romance but with romantic scenes that are worth it and so hard to put it down even for a second, the story is fast paced with so many things happening, I wanted to read it as slow as possible to savor it but that was not possible.
Wallachia needs you, and you deserve Wallachia. Let your loyalty be only where your heart is. Everything else can fall by the road and be trodden underfoot as we pass to our home. My fierce little girl. You can do anything.”
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