Updated: Dec 10, 2019
By Kiersten White
Lada Dragwlya is not the typical princess. She hates dresses, she's not afraid to get her hands dirty, and she won't just sit around and wait for the world to end. On the other hand, Radu, her brother, is not the typical prince. Radu is constantly tormented by their older half-brother Mircea until they are suddenly one day abandoned by their father into the territory of their biggest enemies, the Ottomans. Now they are tormented by the terror of being in an unknown land full of unknown people. They feel as though the world could end and they wouldn’t even bat an eye. Until one day a mysterious young man Mehmed marches into their lives. They soon realize though that Mehmed is the son of the sultan, who is the leader of their enemies. Knowing personally that a person cannot be judged by who their father is they befriend him. Unbeknownst to them, this might have been the best thing they ever did or the worst.
At the beginning of this book, I couldn’t seem to get fully into the story, and it didn’t seem to pick up until I got about two hundred pages in. This might be a slight downfall to many but once I got to the halfway point I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the many pages of beautiful text. We all know that without characters that are very rounded it's hard to get into it and really enjoy. This book does not fail at this, in fact, the characters are so rounded they seem almost real. We all know that sometimes it can be difficult to find a really entertaining novel that one is not boring and two makes you feel for the characters. This book nearly brought me to tears as the characters showed so many emotions that seem to drift through the pages and into your mind. All in all this book was a job well done, and although I am a little nervous about the content to come I also cannot wait to get my hands on book two.