Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Now I Rise | Kiersten White | Published July 6th, 2017
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved this SO MUCH. Whilst And I Darken was a little slow going at the beginning as we were introduced to the world, this was the complete opposite. I was completely drawn in from the beginning.

Everything that I loved about And I Darken is even more prevalent in this sequel: the twists and surprises, Lada's fierceness that other YA characters struggle to rival, the complexity of Radu's character, the politics and the overall darkness.

Now I Rise focuses on the fall of Constantinople and Lada's pursuit of reclaiming the throne to Wallachia. Mehmed (horrible, horrible, Mehmed) sends Radu into Constantinople as a spy but he struggles throughout between his loyalty and what the right thing to do is. It would be easy for such a sensitive character - who doesn't necessarily always do the right thing thanks to being blinded by love - to be branded as weak but that isn't the case here. He elicits sympathy and his complexities make him that much more interesting to read. Lada is on a journey with her men to get back to Wallachia. She has to deal with people who don't think she can do the job because she's female. She's harsh and brutal but she knows what she wants and isn't going to let anything or anyone get in the way. If she wants to win she has to do things differently - her way. She is one of the best written YA female characters and I love her.

And I Darken is such a strong sequel that doesn't drop pace throughout. With an ending that promises there is much more to come in this story, I think we're in for an even more exciting installment to this saga.

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