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"A dark jewel of a story, one that gleams with fierce, cunning characters. Absolutely riveting.”
— Alexandra Bracken #1 New York Times bestselling
author of Passenger


And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can 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, 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.

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Meet the Characters

Lada the Impaler

Abandoned by her father to be raised in the Ottoman courts with her younger brother, Radu, Lada is anything but a quiet, submissive young lady. She longs for the day when she can escape the Ottomans and make her own fate, fighting for her beloved homeland. No one expects a princess to be brutal, but Lada will do whatever it takes to survive.

Radu the Handsome

Quiet and gentle, Radu feels safe and at home with the Ottomans, his surrogate family. Where his older sister, Lada, exhibits passion at every turn, Radu quietly dreams of a different life, holding his most private feelings close to his heart. Plagued by his overwhelming emotions, Radu is weighed down by pain and resentment.

Mehmed the Conqueror

Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, is expected to rule his nation and is determined to command the throne no matter the cost. Relentless in his efforts to organize his people, Mehmed is unwavering in his dreams of ruling the country he holds dear.


  • “An intense, risky, passionate novel that dragged me through love and danger with the force of its heroine’s heart and the power of its hero’s faith.”
    — Tessa Gratton
  • “A brilliantly envisioned alternate history that is meticulously detailed but compulsively readable, this is a story I could not put down. I demand the sequel like Lada demands Wallachia!
    — Beth Revis
  • Kiersten White at her absolute best.
    — Cynthia Hand
  • “As richly complex and glittering as the Ottoman Empire itself, AND I DARKEN is daring in its scope and brilliantly executed.
    — Robin LaFevers
  • “I loved every twisty, bloody moment of it!”
    — Rachel Hawkins
  • “Girls with teeth and priorities. I want to read this book forever.”
    — E. K. Johnston

The Author


KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, Mind Games, and many more novels for teens. Meet Kiersten in person—find an event near you.

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