“No one will be more brutal than me. No one will be more ruthless. And I will never stop fighting.” With its violent twists and compelling characters, Now I Rise is a dynamic addition to the best seller And I Darken. Through the alternating perspectives of Lada Draculesti and her brother, Radu, White tells a formidable tale of war, pain, and brutality set in the Ottoman Empire. While Lada faces countless barriers in her fight to reclaim her throne in Wallachia, her brother is sent to the enemy city of Constantinople as a spy to the Ottoman emperor, Mehmed. Amidst betrayal and violence, Lada struggles to find powerful allies in her quest to become the first female prince of Wallachia. Meanwhile, as lines between enemies and allies blur, Radu struggles to choose between his loyalty to Mehmed and his desire to keep his family alive. As relationships between Mehmed, Lada, and Radu complicate and strain against the tides of war, betrayal, and violence, will their friendship survive or fall to ruin? As befitting a sequel of And I Darken, empires crumble, thrones topple, and souls are lost.
To those who are new to the series, I would recommend that you start with And I Darken as the complicated love triangle between Lada, Radu and Mehmed, side characters, and subplots can be otherwise hard to follow. To those who enjoy gripping plots and sudden twists, I would recommend this book and the series as a whole because it was amazing! (lol, but really though XD). To those who read for complex characters and character arcs, I would recommend this book because I thoroughly enjoyed almost every character, especially the female protagonist who is so violent and brutal that it’s almost comical. However, my absolute dislike for the Ottoman Emperor, Mehmed who chooses his ambition over his friends at every turn, kept me from truly shipping him with either Radu or Lada. So if your one who loves perfect couples and lovely love interests, this would not be the best book. However, as far as character relationships go, it would be one of the most interesting and compelling of all the books I’ve read. Hope you give it a read!
Sahana rates this book 4/5
Tags: fantasy, war, kingdoms, historical fiction, violence, relationships, romance