Bright We Burn

Bright We Burn

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Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed and would he even want it? Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before can Lada truly build the country she wants.
Publisher: London :, Corgi Books,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9780552573764
Characteristics: 389 pages : map ; 20 cm.

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Jul 24, 2018

If you’ve read my reviews for “And I Darken” and “Now I Rise”, you’ll know that this series is one of my favourites. I have so much love for it, and everyone who knows me can testify that this book is the one I always recommend, always rave about, and always cry over. Receiving an advanced reader's copy “Bright We Burn” was one of the most validating things to ever happen to me, and to be holding it in my hands… I’ve never felt so honoured. Kiersten White does not hold back in this one. She never has previously, which is why I love her, but this book honestly broke all the barriers. It was bloody, brutal, incredibly historical and political, and I didn’t want it to end. Lada, one of the fiercest anti heroines I have ever read of, ignited a rare type of hatred in me. Since she knows no bounds, she does whatever she wishes with only one goal in mind: Wallachia. Her country is a faith to her, one she has dedicated her entire life to and is willing to sacrifice every blade of grass for. I hated her, and I loved her. On the other hand, we have Radu, who has found a new family in Nazira, Fatima and Cyprian. His character growth is one of the best ones I have ever experienced, and is it safe to say he is 100% more smarter than Lada? His clever political scheming and Lada’s ruthlessness are a force to be reckoned with… if they ever choose to work together. Radu is such a precious Muslim character, and Nazira was one of the highlights of this novel. All in all, you won’t be disappointed by this increasingly climatic final installment, and the end is extremely satisfying. Rating 5/5 @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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