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From 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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dark jewel of a story, one that gleams with fierce, cunning characters—absolutely riveting.”

    Alexandra Bracken, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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.”

    Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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.”


  • “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…Breathtakingly good.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “White deftly weaves historical fact (and the real-life figure who served as inspiration for Dracula) into this complex concoction of love, war, politics, homosexuality, religion, loyalty, and friendship. There is plenty of action, but the fully developed characters…are the engine by which this expansive story works. Details of court and military life emerge through these characters’ interactions, never bogging down the plot, only enriching the tapestry created.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “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.”


  • “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

  • “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.”

    Cynthia Hand, author of the Unearthly series

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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