Book Looks: Now I Rise – Kiersten White

TitleNow I Rise (2017)
Series: The Conqueror’s Saga – Book 2
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy
Description:

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.

Read an excerpt…

Hell was a party.

At least, Radu was fairly certain that whatever hell there was would certainly resemble this party.

Music drifted like perfume on the air, enough to sweeten but not overwhelm. Groups of musicians were scattered across the island; they could be glimpsed among the hardy green that had survived the winter months. Though the main meal would come later, blue-clad servants floated through the crowds with food-laden trays shaped like lily pads. On either side of the island, the Tunca River flowed leisurely by.

Whatever else he had been, Murad–Mehmed’s dead father and Radu’s onetime benefactor–had not been one to skimp on luxury. The harem complex he built on the island had been out of use since his death, but it had not faded in glory. The tiles gleamed. The carved stones of the walls promised luxury and peace. The fountains tinkled in cheery companionship with the surrounding river.

Radu wandered between buildings painted like geometric gardens, pulled along as surely as the course of the river. He knew it was useless, knew that it would not make him feel better. But still he looked.

And I Darken was one of my favourite reads of last year and I am SUPER excited for this sequel. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint, you guys. ⚔️

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30 thoughts on “Book Looks: Now I Rise – Kiersten White

  1. Such an amazing look, as always, Reg! I love that dress and the accessories so much, especially that necklace! ❤
    I haven't read And I Darken yet but I'm so happy you liked it so much 🙂

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  2. This is an amazing Book Look Reg, I love that dress and I really love the fact that the necklace and the earrings go so well with the book cover. It’s almost as if they were made for each other. 😀
    I managed to get an ARC for this book and I LOVED it, seriously I thought it was even better than And I Darken and now I need the last book in the series! I really hope you enjoy it as well. 🙂

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  3. Another outfit I need in my life!!! I actually have a copy of And I Darken but I’ve not gotten round to reading it. I’ve read amazing reviews about it but I don’t actually have a clue on what the story’s all about haha.

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  4. HOLY CRAP this post just reminded me of how excited I am for Now I Rise! And I Darken is one of my most favorite books ever and this post made me happy thinking of it 😍

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