Release Date: 28th June 2016
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Synopsis from GoodreadsNO 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, who’s expected to rule a nation, 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.
I love the sound of Lada character she sounds strong willed, sassy and ready to fight for what she wants. There also seems to be a bit of court intrigue and kingdoms at war. Romance also seems be hinted at, one where she knows she shouldn't but can't really control how she feels, can't wait to see how that plays out with her stubborn sounding nature! (The cover on the right has just been release and shall be the UK paperback -I think- it's so different from the cover above and gives a much darker, more intense - fantasy- feel to the book.)