Image of And I Darken


Image of And I Darken

This series starter is slow to get going, and readers may find themselves struggling to continue as the story and relationships develop. Those who pursue it to the end, though, will find an action-packed finish with unpredictable results.

As the unwanted daughter of Vlad Dracul in 16th century Transylvania, Lada has grown into adolescence determined to be fiercer than any boy, protecting as well as tormenting her weaker brother Radu. When the two are sent to the Ottoman Empire in a political trade, they develop a friendship with the sultan’s son, Mehmed, eventually complicating their own relationship and leading to impossible decisions when jealousy and treachery threaten the empire, Mehmed’s succession — and his life. (DELACORTE, Jul., 496 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780553522310, HC, 12 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Kerry Sutherland