Title: Now I Rise (The Conquerors Saga #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Genres: Young AdultHistorical Fiction
Release Day: June 27th 2017
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. 

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?

5 stars! 

“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 fiercenessRadu 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.”

other books in the series

And I Darken by Kiersten White


10 thoughts on “Now I Rise by Kiersten White”

  1. Okay, I see you loved And I Darken which I struggled with a bit… I also know a little of the history behind these books so I’m struggling with that.. Not because of how White has researched but because I know a little of the end game…

    I do want to read this, and I think I will. I didn’t love And I Darken but maybe it deserves a reread to see where I’m at.

    I do love the quotes that you’ve pulled out here and it really makes me want to read this one even more.
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  2. I am planning to read the series. I just got my copy this week and probably start reading it after reading my TBR for this month. 😀 I’ve been eyeing this series since I saw the first book.

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