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, 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.
This is a interesting historical retelling that takes Vlad the Impaler and asks the question what if he had been a girl. I love Lada from the start she has a spark of fire in her that will not bow down to the womanly ways of the time she grows up in. Her brother Radu though is every bit a wimp as a little boy but develops who own unique abilities and falls in love with the wrong man. Their so much to love in this book twists, turns, love triangles this book has it all. I say if your fan of the tv show Reign i think you will love this book. It a book one so their more story to be told.