Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. She storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants.
Mehmed wants control of the city of Constantinople, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing but if she dies, he could never forgive himself. Yet, if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfil their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.
Book 2 of #TheConquerorsSaga. Mild #Spoilers.
I know I love a tragic love story but, wow, does Radu just have one of the most tortured I’ve read. My heart breaks for him as he becomes aware of his own fate and chooses to follow a love he knows won’t be returned instead of a chance at a happy relationship.
Lada never had any room in her heart for anyone until Mehmed forced his way in but for all the passion between them that love quickly turns to hate. As much as she tries to guard herself against further pain, she begins to realise she could have room for a few others who actually come to her aid when she needs it. But Wallachia is a cruel mistress and no matter who claims to love Lada, she’s still left to make the hard choices on her own.
Both Lada and Radu struggle with the consequences of their own actions and with major philosophical questions: does the end justify the means? And what do you do when good intentions lead to more suffering? They both get what they wanted but neither is happy with how it feels to accomplish their goals.
I’m really looking forward to the climax of this #trilogy in the next instalment!
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