NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
Recived this book for review from netgally and the publishers this has in now way affected my opinion
Excellent read with enough action adventure and bloodthirsty ambition to keep any reader entertained. Lada is the daughter that her father never wanted, but she has all the qualities of the son he needs. She is ruthless, fearless and feral and she is exactly the character i wanted from the woman who would become the Impaler.
If you love your strong female protagonists holding a sword in one hand and a dagger in the other, she will be exactly what you want too. However, if you like your antihero fierce and smart, step right up. Radu, Lada’s younger brother, does play as a nice foil, and he provides the softer perspective to the narrative, so it isn’t all hard edges but there is a very sharp learning curve in this deadly game of power.
If you like Throne of Glass, Graceling, The young Elites then you would like this