Series: Conqueror’s Saga (book 1)
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.
Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.
Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.
The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.
How I got this book: Bought it
Release Date: June 28, 2016
The Short Version:
SO FREAKING GOOD!!
Like, seriously, SO GOOD!!!
WARNING: The long version may contain minor spoilers.
The Long Version:
This book is SO GOOD!!!
I have read quite a few of Kiersten White’s books and this one, like the others, did not disappoint.
What made it awesome?
Let’s start with Lada.
So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?
The book starts with Lada’s birth, where her father laments the fact that she is not a boy. Lada then spends most of the book fighting the fact that she is often overlooked and ignored because of the simple fact that she is not male.
And I loved witnessing it.
And then there’s the other characters:
Radu is the other main POV that we get while reading. He is Lada’s younger, much more sensitive brother. He was always overshadowed by Lada, but as the story went on, he became more confident as he discovered more about himself.
And it was beautiful to watch.
Mehmed is the son of the Sultan who has taken Lada and Radu captive in order to keep their father in line. Awkwardly, both Lada and Radu end up having a thing for him.
While the overall story was quite long, I found I was never bored because I loved the characters so much!
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!
Cait @ Paper Fury said:
Ahhhh I loved this one so much too!! *shrieks* Although I actually loved it more in retrospect?😂 But zomg so dark and bloody and scary! I LOVED IT. And Radu was just amazing and adorable. ❤
YAY! I’m so glad you loved it!
Radu was great, wasn’t he? I really loved how he stepped out from Lada’s shadow as the book went on…he actually became pretty powerful in his own right 🙂
Oooh this sounds good! And I love that the love triangle isn’t girl has to choose between two boys, even though it causes an awkward situation haha
YES! New type of love triangle! It was SO GREAT!!
And you totally have to read it.
I’ve heard nothing but great things about how amazing this is, so I am so glad you enjoyed it too! Lada sounds like such a complex and vicious heroine and she kind of reminds me of Adelina from The Young Elites in a way. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤
I haven’t read The Young Elites yet (I’ve owned it for over a year…oops), but yes, this book is the greatest!