Article Title

And I Darken


Abigail Packard


Excellent, Young Adult, Kiersten White, Ottoman Empire, Dracula, History, Christianity, Islam, Relationships

Document Type

Book Review


Lada and Radu are siblings, children of the Wallachian prince, but they couldn’t be more different. Where Lada wraps herself in layers of anger and stark realism, Radu is kind and sensitive. When they are sent to the Ottoman Empire as pawns in a political game, Lada is furious, but Radu is open to the new culture, particularly the religion of Islam. The siblings find common ground in Mehmed, the third son of the sultan. Lada creates a fiercely passionate and loyal relationship with him while Radu harbors strong, forbidden feelings for Mehmed. When Mehmed becomes heir to the throne in an unsuspected twist of events, Lada and Radu rise at his side. But there are many that try desperately to undermine Mehmed’s rule and the siblings must save him from an assassin. Lada returns to Wallachia as an ambassador for Mehmed and Radu stays in the empire to help rebuild the network of nobility and leaders around Mehmed.