Bright We Burn by Kiersten White is the third and final book in The Conqueror’s series.
Lada’s unwillingness to bend and her extreme justice has created a free Wallachia. Her brutal brand of retribution for all wrong doings has created a land that is free of crime, free from the boyars who starved and mistreated their people, and free from paying tribute in boys and blood. But can a country freed in blood and violence, stay free?
Across the continent, Radu is haunted by the actions and sacrifices he made in Constantinople. Mehmed has called him back to the very place he dreads to be by his side and help him rule. But Radu’s love, his infatuation for Mehmed has begun to wane and he doesn’t know how much longer he can live without really living.
Mehmed, sultan, emperor, and a long list of other titles, has everything he ever wanted, except for Lada. He knows that she belongs with him and Radu and he is willing to destroyer her to keep her. But is he underestimating the vicious, indomitable girl he grew up with?
A story that begun in Wallachia will end in Wallachia but who will be standing as the last page turns?
What a series. It was dark and bloody and honest and true. There was a little bit of everything. That being said, this was probably my least favorite of the three books and yet as a conclusion it was satisfying.
For me, Lada makes this series. Her violent, dark, not quite a hero, persona really worked for me. Which is why I think the final book fell short for me. In the first two books their was just enough emotion and feels to make her a person, but just barely. In this third one, Lada still puts Wallachia over all else but you can tell how much of a toll it takes on her and that just wasn’t the Lada I was expecting. Radu, on the other hand, really grew throughout this series and I was really happy with his transformation.
Now, I will admit, I don’t know much about the history of this time period to say whether or not this is a true retelling of Vlad as a woman. BUT, I want to know more and that is what makes this book great. I guarantee people at least Google Vlad and Constantinople after reading this series.
This is one series that definitely makes it to my bookshelf. This one gets 4 stars from me.
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