Hey everyone! I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the And I Darken (June 28, 2016 – Delacorte Press) blog tour! I’m a HUGE Kiersten White fan and this book looks AMAZING!! So, today I’m sharing a sneak peak of book two with you! First, here’s more about the book:
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.
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.
CLAIM THE THRONE.
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A Note from Kiersten:
I’ll admit, it feels a little weird to be giving a sneak peek for book two before And I Darken even comes out. It’s even weirder to be doing promo for the first book while editing the second and plotting the third! It’s a busy place in my brain these days.
I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of the first two passages (subject to change!) for each of our main characters, Radu and Lada. They don’t give away any real spoilers—but they do give an idea of what is in store for our dynamic brother-and-sister duo!
The tendency to vomit within minutes of setting foot on a ship was deeply inconvenient for someone taking a tour of the Ottoman navy.
Radu leaned over the side of the boat and heaved until his stomach was empty, and then for a little while longer, for good measure. When he wiped his face and turned back around, he caught Mehmed sharing a sneering laugh with the men around him.
Radu felt even emptier than before.
So you can see, things are going great for him! But with dreamy-eyed, beautiful Radu, appearances are always deceiving . . . and in book two, he finds himself playing dangerous games on the biggest and most deadly stage possible, as the Ottomans lay siege to the jewel of Christian cities, Constantinople.
But where is our dear Lada?
It took only three fingers smashed beyond recognition before the would-be assassin screamed the name of Lada’s enemy.
“Well.” Nicolae raised his eyebrows, cut through with a vicious scar that had failed to fade with the passage of time. He turned away as Bogdan slit the young man’s throat. The heat of life leaving body steamed slightly in the frigid winter air. “That is disappointing.”
“That the governor of Brasov is against us, too?” Bogdan asked.
“No, that the quality of the assassins has gone down this low.”
Oh dear, it does look like the siblings Dracul are both in tight spots, doesn’t it? If Radu’s story is about the cost of pretending, Lada’s is about the cost of refusing to pretend. Alliances are formed and betrayed, thrones are won and lost, hearts are mended and broken. Lada and Radu were always meant for big things, and in book two they face the horror of the lengths they’re willing to go to.
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at what’s in store, and that you love And I Darken so much that you, too, are left heaving your meals up over the side of a boat in anticipation of book two! Wait. No. I hope you love it so much that you don’t vomit.
About the Author:
Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, The Chaos of Stars, and the psychological thrillers Mind Games and Perfect Lies. She has neither magic nor a pet bird, but wants both.
AND I DARKEN Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, May 30th through Friday, July 8th (Mondays through Fridays)
Monday, May 30th: Icey Books, Review
Tuesday, May 31st: Bookiemoji, Guest Post (Character Profiles)
Wednesday, June 1st: Seeing Double in Neverland, Review
Thursday, June 2nd: Alexa Loves Books, Playlist Post
Friday, June 3rd: Awesome Book Nut, Review
Monday, June 6th: Jessabella Reads, Review
Tuesday, June 7th: The Eater of Books!, Top Five Roundup
Wednesday, June 8th: Across the Words, Review
Thursday, June 9th: Pandora’s Books, Sneak Peek for Book Two
Friday, June 10th: Tales of the Ravenous Reader, Review
Monday, June 13th: A Midsummer Night’s Read, Review
Tuesday, June 14th: The Irish Banana Review, Top 10 Guest Post
Wednesday, June 15th: Stories & Sweeties, Review
Thursday, June 16th: Jenuine Cupcakes, Author Mystery Guest Post
Friday, June 17th: The Soul Sisters, Review
Monday, June 20th: Winterhaven Books, Review
Tuesday, June 21st: Two Chicks on Books, Q&A (4-6 questions)
Wednesday: June 22nd: The Book Swarm, Review
Thursday, June 23rd: Read. Sleep. Repeat., Top Five Fantasy Books Kiersten Loves to Re-Read
Friday, June 24th: Please Feed The Bookworm, Review
Monday, June 27th: Comfort Books, Review
Tuesday, June 28th: Fitshun, Q&A
Wednesday, June 29th: Addicted Readers, Review
Thursday, June 30th: Lindsay Cummings, Movie Casting Post
Friday, July 1st: Rabid Reads, Review
Monday, July 4th: Reading Teen, Review
Tuesday, July 5th: YA Bibliophile, Guest Post (Trip to Romania)
Wednesday, July 6th: Carina’s Books, Review
Thursday, July 7th: Mundie Moms, Author Mystery Guest Post
Friday, July 8th: Bookishness and Tea, Review
Friday, July 8th: My Friends Are Fiction, Surprise Post!