The Conqueror’s Saga #2
If And I Darken was Lada’s book, then Now I Rise is Radu’s. While both siblings have their fair share of trials and tribulations in this book, it really was Radu’s journey that shined through for me. While behind enemy lines, his abilities of political maneuvering and manipulation are put to the test. Through this he sees the ugly side of war and has to make some difficult moral decisions, from which he will never quite be the same. He is still the devoted Radu, but it is no longer pure…it’s been tainted by the things he’s seen and the things he’s done. I can’t wait to see how these changes will affect the next book.
Lada doesn’t make the same strides as Radu, but by the end of the novel she is definitely embracing her vicious side. While I didn’t love Lada’s journey in this one quite as much as in And I Darken, it definitely sets things up for what is likely to be a brutal and bloody finale in Bright We Burn.