Bright We Burn

Bright We Burn

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The tumultuous, edge-of-your-seat conclusion to the New York Times bestselling AND I DARKEN series--the epic saga that reads like HBO's Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Who will live? Who will die? And who will rule triumphant?

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

"Rich . . . A worthy end to a powerful saga." --Booklist

Praise for Now I Rise:

"Gorgeous, rich, and rewarding." --Booklist, Starred Review

"Absolutely devastating in the best way." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"A+, 5 knives." --Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the STARBOUND and ILLUMINAE FILES trilogies

"Fierce, epic, and crazy fun." --Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood


Praise for And I Darken:

"A dark jewel of a story, one that gleams with fierce, cunning characters--absolutely riveting." --Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger

"A dark, gritty, and seriously badass epic that will have you dying for more . . . required reading for every feminist fantasy fan." --BuzzFeed

"Evocative . . . this book takes no prisoners." --NPR
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 151 x 228 x 32mm | 494g
  • Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
  • English
  • 0525644466
  • 9780525644460
  • 99,540

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"White takes excellent advantage of the rich setting, exploring through historical people and cultures the timeless issues of faith and religions, love, the importance of geography, and the complex intersections of each as boundaries conflict."-VOYA, starred review

"Politics, battle strategy, and betrayals thrill, . . . An intense, engrossing read that never loses sight of its passionate characters' humanity, especially when they're at their worst." -Kirkus

"White has crafted a conclusion to this epic story that is exciting, complex, and faithful to the feelings that drive human beings in love and conflict. . . . Though this is the final work in a trilogy, the characters continue to develop and deepen. The ending is satisfying, plausible, and not without hope." -SLJ

"White balances tender moments with vicious acts of war, and Radu's sensitivity is a worthy foil for the violent excesses that are Lada's defining character trait. . . . A worthy end to a powerful saga." -Booklist

Praise for Now I Rise:

★ "Gorgeous, rich, and rewarding."-Booklist, starred review
★ "Absolutely devastating in the best way." -Kirkus, starred review
"Lush and ominous."--SLJ
"A+, 5 knives."-Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the STARBOUND and ILLUMINAE FILES trilogies
"Fierce, epic, and crazy fun."-Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of THE HAZEL WOOD
"Kiersten White is a genius."-Justine Larbalestier, author of MY SISTER ROSA and LIAR

Praise for And I Darken:

"A dark jewel of a story, one that gleams with fierce, cunning characters-absolutely riveting." -Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger
"Kiersten White at her absolute best." -Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series
"I loved every twisty, bloody moment of it!" -Rachel Hawkins, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"As richly complex and glittering as the Ottoman Empire itself." -Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin series
"Meticulously detailed but compulsively readable, this is a story I could not put down." -Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series
★ "Ambitious in scope and concept . . . breathtakingly good." -School Library Journal, Starred review
★ "[A] complex concoction of love, war, politics, homosexuality, religion, loyalty, and friendship." -Booklist, Starred review
"A dark, gritty, and seriously badass epic that will have you dying for more . . . required reading for every feminist fantasy fan." -BuzzFeed
"Evocative . . . this book takes no prisoners." -NPR
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Praise for Now I Rise:

★ "Gorgeous, rich, and rewarding."—Booklist, starred review

★ "Absolutely devastating in the best way." —Kirkus, starred review

"Lush and ominous."--SLJ

“A+, 5 knives.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the STARBOUND and ILLUMINAE FILES trilogies
 
“Fierce, epic, and crazy fun.”—Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of THE HAZEL WOOD

“Kiersten White is a genius.”—Justine Larbalestier, author of MY SISTER ROSA and LIAR


Praise for And I Darken: 
 
“A dark jewel of a story, one that gleams with fierce, cunning characters—absolutely riveting.” —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger 
 
“Kiersten White at her absolute best. The epic story will thrill you, the Transylvanian setting will transport you, and the characters (especially the fierce, take-no-prisoners Lada) will capture your heart. Don’t miss it.” —Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series
  
“Sweeping and epic, AND I DARKEN is a gender-bent take on history that gives us a fierce and brutal heroine, a fascinating time period, and a beautifully intelligent look at love, family, and power. I loved every twisty, bloody moment of it!” —Rachel Hawkins, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 

“As richly complex and glittering as the Ottoman Empire itself, AND I DARKEN is daring in its scope and brilliantly executed. The fiercely dark Lada is a razor-edged sword tempered in the blood of family betrayals and the fire of her own passions. I was instantly and utterly smitten. She haunted me long after I turned the final page and left me craving more.” —Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin series

“A jewel of a book—a jewel embedded in the hilt of a blood-soaked sword. A brilliantly envisioned alternate history that is meticulously detailed but compulsively readable, this is a story I could not put down. I demand the sequel like Lada demands Wallachia!” —Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series

“An intense, risky, passionate novel that dragged me through love and danger with the force of its heroine’s heart and the power of its hero’s faith.” —Tessa Gratton, author of the Gods of New Asgard series
 
“Girls with teeth and priorities. I want to read this book forever.” —E. K. Johnston, author of A Thousand Nights

★ “Full of sword fights, assassination plots, and palace intrigues, this novel is ambitious in scope and concept and reveals a fascinating, important, and somewhat obscure slice of history . . . the novel is breathtakingly good.” —School Library Journal, Starred review

★ “White deftly weaves historical fact into this complex concoction of love, war, politics, homosexuality, religion, loyalty, and friendship.” —Booklist, Starred review
 
“A dark, gritty, and seriously badass epic that will have you dying for more . . . required reading for every feminist fantasy fan.” —BuzzFeed
 
“Evocative . . . this book takes no prisoners.” —NPR
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About Kiersten White

KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of the And I Darken and Paranormalcy series, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Slayer, and many more novels. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further-away times. kierstenwhite.com Follow Kiersten at @kierstenwhite on Twitter and @authorkierstenwhite on Instagram.
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