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Author: Kiersten White Narrator: Fiona Hardingham Publisher: Listening Library Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780399569074

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The New York Times Bestseller!

“Absolutely riveting.” —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger 

This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters and a fearsome heroine. Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE RED QUEEN, Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES won’t want to miss this visceral, immersive, and mesmerizing novel, the first in the And I Darken series.

NO 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.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

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  • 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
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  • White excels at presenting an anti-hero who contrasts conventional female heroines. Readers expecting a typical love triangle tale will be surprised, for Lada’s characterization is executed in a far-from-stereotypical manner as White challenges femininity and explores the types of power women can wield. White also succeeds in crafting an accessible setting that brings complex historical figures to life.

    - VOYA
  • ***

  • Paranormalcy:

  • A fast, flirty roller coaster of a ride. I’m in love!

    - Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush
  • The perfect blend of light and dark. I can’t wait for more!

    - Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Deep Silence
  • Mind Games:★ “A tour de force.

    - Publishers Weekly, Starred 
  • ★ “Brilliant.

    - The Bulletin, Starred
  • An exciting gem.

    - #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black
  • Sharp, heart-wrenching, and fabulously fun.

    - Laini Taylor, bestselling author of the National Book Award Finalist Lips Touch: Three Times and Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • The Chaos of Stars:

  • Eloquent in its mixing of Egyptology with the experience of being a teenager . . . the character development, action-packed climax, intriguing family dynamics, and heartfelt romance will draw in fans.

    - VOYA
  • Illusions of Fate:

  • An absolute delight—a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire. Kiersten White’s best yet.

    - Stephanie Perkins, internationally bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss
  • This well-written historical fantasy has romance, suspense, a fairy-tale feel, and a great ending that will leave readers cheering.

    - SLJ
  • Deliciously original in its intriguing plot and irresistible characters. ILLUSIONS OF FATE may be filled with spells, but it’s Kiersten White who is truly magic.

    - Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series
  • In the Shadows:★ “An enthralling, page-turning gothic mystery infused with hair-raising horror.

    - Booklist, Starred
  • “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
  • “Fiona Hardingham’s commanding narration steers a clear path through this densely woven tapestry of mid-fifteenth-century intrigue…With measured pacing and a somber tone, Hardingham unfolds White’s sweeping tale…Hardingham’s resonant voice keeps listeners firmly grounded as a strange and destructive triangle of friendship and love develops…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Narrator Hardingham provides a spectacular reading of the story of Lada and Radu…Hardingham convincingly voices the names of people and places. She also effectively manages the pace as the action and intrigue accelerate. The first of a new trilogy, this audiobook sets high expectations for future installments.”

    - Booklist (audio review)
  • “An action-packed finish with unpredictable results.”

    - RT Book Reviews


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, The Chaos of Stars, and the psychological thriller Mind Games. Although originally meant to be the story of a femme fatale, Mind Games and Perfect Lies quickly turned into the story of two sisters and impossible choices. This may be because Kiersten has three sisters, none of whom she has killed for, but all of whom she has considered killing at one point or another. Kiersten lives in San Diego with her family. 

About the Narrator

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.