Book Review: Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Book 3 in The Conqurer’s Saga

Published in 2018 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Page Count: 378 pages

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review:

It’s funny, after And I Darken, I didn’t envision how Kiersten White would have topped the events and revelations and just all round majestic settings- with treachery and bloodlust, naturally – but in Now I Rise, once again I was spellbound by Lada’s epicness, Radu’s heart (so pure, always giving), and just those twists that lurked at every corner!

But here I sit, reflecting on Bright We Burn, having finished it in the space of an afternoon and evening- I feel well and truly hollow.

There will never be a story like this again – and I mean it’s not just the rich settings, the vivid descriptions, the lands, but the characters- namely my favourite, Lada. She is by no means a saint, oh no, but she was fiercely loyal to her land, for always- and wanted to rule her people rightfully – just as herself, no man weighing her down – no one to tell her what to do. Did she always act wisely? May be not, but truthfully I never once doubted her motives – I knew that she had the best interest of her people at heart- it was hard not to feel her drive and longing for freedom, as well as her hurt, grief and desperation when those she loved most were taken from her! My heart!

Then we have Radu, always pure to the soul, every last drop of him. Fiercely loyal to Mehmed, let’s just say that this book had me longing for a sibling reunion, which didn’t disappoint- me just desparatley feeling in awe of how far Lada and Radu had come, and how promises from the start of the first book were referenced in this penultimate final instalment.

Now that I’m finished, I feel at a loss – I feel like I just ingested this book, which I did – and I’m definitely feeling a gap now that it’s all over- I hadn’t really heard much about this series – only that my bookstabestie Laura Bookish loves it, so I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to the remarkable Lada and her world! πŸ’œ

I am just in such awe of the series and how far every one has come: and my heart is so happy that two of my favourite ships were reunited! So precious and diverse and wonderful! I even enjoyed the darker scenes where betrayal was at its maximum, though that also hurt lots too. My heart!

Lada is honestly, as she always has been, one of the most refreshing characters I’ve ever come across- I just loved being a part of her quest thst was this series, and I just can’t believe it’s all over! Some scenes, well most of them actually- had me going from cheering to gasping and by the end I was crying! Kiersten White is honestly perfection and right up there with Cassie Clare, Leigh Bardugo and other favourites.

Happy Reading,



You can find my reviews here of And I Darken:

And of Now I Rise here:

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