Now I Rise by Kiersten White – A Spoiler-Free Book Review

“The world will destroy her in the end. Too much spark leads to explosions. But your sister will destroy as much as she can before she goes out. She will go down in flames and blood.” ― Kiersten White, Now I Rise


Synopsis

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul 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. 

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Book: Now I Rise

Author: Kiersten White

Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.31/5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 


Review

Overview. White does it again with the second installment of the Conqueror’s Saga. I really enjoyed the first book And I Darken and Now I Rise definitely didn’t disappoint. We meet Lada and Radu right where we left them off at the end of Darken and pick the story right back up. Lada is facing her decision to return to Wallachia with no aid behind her and Radu is facing the aftermath of Lada leaving, his reputation, and his new relationship with Nazira. Mehmed is facing his own struggles in his new position as Sultan with vizers who are constantly trying to undermine him at every turn.

There is already a lot going on at the very beginning of this book and it remains pretty constant throughout the story. Lada moves on with her plans and Radu finds himself in situations that he never thought of.

Pros. Lada’s story line is phenomenal. There is a feeling of constant action throughout her chapters and I find myself waiting to get back to her chapters to see what is going on. I really feel like Lada grew so much as a character in this book, there were so many different types of situations she had to face and she handled them differently each time. All of Lada’s relationships grew and really shaped her as a character throughout the whole novel. Lada’s relationship with Hunyadi was so interesting to read and see develop.

I was really interested in where Mehmed’s story line would go through the whole book. I was curious the whole time to see what would become of his conquest of Constantinople. You see how he has grown in his role as Sultan through his actions with both Lada and Radu and it was interesting to see the relationships with all of those characters grow into something more than them liking each other.

I also really enjoyed all of the action throughout the book. White is very purposeful with her scenes that she includes in her books and it can really be seen in this book. Each of Lada’s scenes really brought so much to the story and introduced so many different important concepts and ties throughout the world.

Cons. Honestly, my only qualm with this book is Radu. His POV was much better this book, but I think that is because of his saving grace Nazira. She really brings out the qualities that are really missing in Radu. Should his story line not included her in it, this book would have been much, much more boring. Radu’s story line did seem to drag a little bit, but not nearly as bad as the last book.

Overall. I’m in love with White’s writing style and historical fiction. When I started this series I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did and White has continued that love through the second book. Overall, I’m excited to see where else this series goes and seeing how these characters grow and where they go in the future. I gave this book a 5/5 stars.

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