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Bright We Burn (The Conqueror's Saga, #3)

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Published 10 Jul 2018
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Format Paperback
Pages416
Edition11
Publisher Delacorte
ISBN 0525644466
ISBN139780525644460
Languageeng



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.

"Bright We Burn (The Conqueror's Saga, #3)" Reviews

Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
- hanging out with dead welsh kings in ketterdam , France
5
Mon, 02 Oct 2017

I genuinely feel like my heart belongs to so many fictional characters and I wish it would just come home to me.
I love this series so much. The only way I could accurately get across my passion is either in multi-page, overtly dramatic, 19th-century-style rose-scented love letters or just a live footage of me breakdancing while crying for five minutes straight.
Yeah, I know I have things to be happy about but my heart kind of hurts knowing this series had come to its end. I really wish I could live forever in the peaceful feeling I got after I finished this book where everything seemed softer and the lights were all tinged in hues of blue and pink and the world felt silky and light and surreal and it's like my heart was auditioning for cirque du soleil and all my feelings were bursting into tiny pieces of heart-shaped confetti!! But since that's ruled out, I guess now my heart and soul will just float aimlessly in this empty universe....

She was a dragon.
She was a prince.
She was a woman.
It was the last that scared them most of all.

So before I get into what this book is about, I want to say this: I can't possibly convey what reading a series that centers queer Muslim characters meant to me or come even close to describing the quaking moment of recognition, the shock of the familiar and how it all felt like being held close in a dimly lit room and being told "I see you, I’m proud of you and I’m rooting for you." In a time when our community still gets little to no representation at all in the media, seeing myself in these characters was truly a cathartic experience. And for that, I honestly feel like I should have a whole separate heart for loving this series because it’s an entire different feeling than anything I feel for everything else.
so what is this book about?
Okay. My entire stance on reading Bright We Burn is that it felt like me just metaphorically trying to live peacefully in a secluded cottage and do my own thing while also wanting to witness the fall of empires right next door. I was reading with probably the same frequency others smoked cigarettes, the bags under my eyes were darker than the inside of Hollister and I’m pretty sure I have aged at least three lifetimes over the course of four hundred pages.
Who was she? She was the dragon. Her country had teeth and claws and fire, and she would use every last bit of them.

Bright We Burn was the embodiment of war, the spitting image of chaos. It was ruptured loyalties and a country in disarray. It was desperate calculated plays for power, a capital filled with snakes and people cursed to fight amongst themselves, while everyone else suffers for it. This was a wild journey, like the fury that’s been building up in the previous two books has come undone, and everything came equipped with rage, flying in on a hell chariot. Things were pretty terrible in the previous books, but I had no idea just how much worse they were going to get.
But mostly? This is the series finale we all deserved. It absolutely exceeded my expectations. Kiersten White sure knows how to end a series with a bang.
the characters:
LADA:

I think it’s time to say it again and with more feeling: I fucking love Lada's character.
Lada lives by one statement that she maintains the truth in: there is very little that she needs, and even less that she wants. There’s a pyre in the lighthouse of her wayward morality and it ignited for one thing and one thing alone: Wallachia . This is the closest thing to religion that Lada knows; her faith unwavering. She has vowed to take her country back, no matter how many times she's been told that she never stood the chance to fight ike a man. So she showed no mercy and she wreaked havoc on everything. Her anger was quick and unforgiven, messy and inevitable, a direct blast like the sun exploding.
Lada reigned and raged and burned.
After all, they asked for it. She fought like a girl. And it was fucking glorious.
She had dug through the mountain to reach her heart’s desire, and found the mountain had a heart after all: the beating pulse required of all those who would not stop, would not accept what the world offered, would not bow.

Lada's character is a blessing to tiresome routines. She bloomed whether they watered her or not. Whether they provided her with light or not. She was dressed in fortified independence and she spun herself a crown of gold. She exists without their existence.
However, the one thing Lada wasn't prepared for was what a lonely existence that would be. Because Lada may be stone-hard and stubborn, but she still suffers toil and loneliness and hurt of soul perhaps more hardily than all others. We see many glimmers of her heart in this book, many fleeting moments of quivering vulnerability, and yeah, she then does something that immediately reminds you how basically dead inside she is. But for those moments — Lada mourning her friends, Lada curled up sobbing in her brother's arms, you glimpse all the people she’s used and left in the cold or, you know, crystallized into just that, a means to an end; you glimpse everything that could have been, and you can't help but feel a sharp pang of ache in your heart.
RADU:

There’s not a single person I wouldn’t throw off a cliff for Radu, including myself. He deserves pure hearted happiness and relish in the world and my gay Muslim heart is literally bursting for him!!
First of all, can we talk about how Radu’s character development added 70 years onto my life? How he’s cultivated his inner strength to pierce through the ugly times and into a lighter state of being? How he could’ve turned cold after everything he’s been through but still chose love anyway? And how there’s so much strength in that; the kind of strength that only comes from empathy and compassion? How he ended up being the hero because without the soft touch of vulnerability, he would have been the villain?
Gone was the Radu who’s worn his emotions, his susceptibility to people, like a badge of shame; who’s constantly suppressed half of himself to accommodate to others’ needs; whose downfall was always putting the wrong people first, giving them all of him, never asking for anything to be given to him in return. Lada’s preferred stage might be the sharp edge of a sword. But Radu has become ruthless in his own way. He’s become ruthless with the thoughts he entertained, with the people he chose to spend time with and the things he chose to fight for. He's become ruthless in culling, stripping his life of the unnecessary and making room for the things that matter.
“Do you think it was him that came between us? Or were we destined to end up on opposite sides?” Lada felt an unfamiliar heaviness behind her eyes.
“We had to survive. We just figured out different ways to do it.”

Radu's whole arc was centered around choice. How the choices we make will always come back to us, in a different form, different person, different event. However, in any way, those choices will always come back. Radu has chosen love, kindness and family. He's chosen not being cold-hearted and aloof, but being amicable in the face of bitterness and gentle with those who deserve to be loved. And that choice has echoed backwards in time and undid the things that hurt him.
MY GAY FOUND FAMILY:

It really is unbelievable just how much love I hold in my heart for Nazira, Fatima, Radu and Cyprian!!
I can feel the solid lump of ice that is my heart melting just thinking about them. How fucking beautiful is the bond they share and how no other bond can even touch what they have. Their foundation is built on a solid friendship and is an extension of a deep love found in mutual respect, trust and understanding. It’s ever-lasting because it’s the kind of bond that was not cultivated by something as accidental as blood, but something much stronger – by choice.
They truly give a new meaning to the word family: a word that should now only be reserved for the people who love you without demanding that you hide the parts of yourself that you think are unlovable; the people who genuinely make you feel safer, even if they’re far away from you because their existence is so calming and beautiful and it makes everything seem better somehow; and the people whose hearts teach you something which makes you more gentle and human and remain soft for you always.
Lada had always known exactly what shape she would take. She had never let it be determined by the people around her. But Radu could not escape the need for love, the need for people in his life to help him see what he should—and could—be. Lada shaped herself in spite of her environment. Radu shaped himself because of it.

And gosh, I love their simple intimacy. Radu and Cyprian’s forehead kisses mixed with laughter, the innocent feeling of Fatima laying her head on Nazira’s lap and Nazira always needing to be near her for no other reason than pure comfort and love and closeness. The brushing of hands and the knowing looks, Cyprian gently asking Radu about his and Islam's boundaries and Radu cherishing all of these moments and how it all "never stopped feeling like a miracle" . Everything they do is soft and rose scented. I swear they’re like tea or a soft blanket: warm and gentle and healing.
A heart did not have to be stone to be strong.

I think the greatest takeaway from this series as a whole is that the greatest battles are fought and won by the heart, not the bloodied fist. That softness is never a weakness, that staying delicate in a world so cruel is the biggest testament of courage. That life is too grand to revolve around one person, one feeling, one place, one memory, one goal. And that the complexity and diversity of the world is so beautiful and you have the right to explore it. You should never settle for less.
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Emily May
- The United Kingdom
5
Wed, 14 Jun 2017

“Disrupt stability. Petition for gold. Provoke the greatest empire on the face of the earth.” He paused. “This is going to be fun.”

Oh, it was. So much bloody, nasty fun.
I have really loved this series. I mean, why wouldn't I? There's a murderous antiheroine who's definitely more anti than heroine. There's battles and backstabbing and unrequited love. There's alt-history that's - let's face it - a lot more alt than history. There's Vlad the Impaler reimagined as a woman. In other words, this series is almost everything I've always wanted.
I say almost because Kiersten White is publishing literally everything I have always wanted next year: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...
In this book, we pick up right where we left off in Now I Rise. Lada is, unsurprisingly, on a murderous rampage, making many powerful enemies and a few important allies as she goes along. White pushes the limits on how much sympathy we can have for a character who is borderline villain, but I personally adored Lada to the end.
“The empire is coming for us, and I intend to win.”

While I doubt I would have had the same sympathies for the real, male Vlad, I think the author captured Lada's frustrations with the limitations of being a woman really well. She is obviously a very screwed up, disturbed person, and it was impossible for me to not feel sympathy for her. Even when she is at her worst (which is 95% of the time). And I love that, even though she is incredibly strong, she also has moments of weakness and self-doubt that remind us of her underlying humanity.
True to the character of this series, this final installment is action-packed and gory. Tensions between Lada, Radu and Mehmed reach an all-time high, with their affections for one another never far behind their animosity. Such page-turning goodness!
I love that this series positively portrays both a gay romance and Islam. Radu and Cyprian offer some light in an otherwise very dark trilogy, as does the respectful handling of various faiths (or lack of, in Lada's case). We need this warmth to counter the ever-growing pile of bodies and the tension created by the approaching climax.
War made monsters of them all.

Of course, I won't tell you anything that could spoil the ending, but I found it a very satisfying conclusion. White wraps things up just as they should be, in my opinion, with the perfect balance of historical fact and artistic license.
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Elise
- The United States
5
Wed, 23 Nov 2016

personally, I feel as if my heart was ripped out of my fucking chest and my life was just changed for the better. I do not have the Words To Convey how much this ending for a series meant to me
here was my lowkey spoilery initial list of what I wanted out of this sequel:
• please let Radu be happy
• you know exactly who I want him to be happy with
• LET NAZIRA REUNITE WITH HER WIFE
• Mehmed dying maybe
• honestly I think Lada's going to die no matter what for historicity if nothing else
• please just let Radu, Nazira, Fatima, and Cyprian be gay in peace. please Kiersten White I'm a nice person
did all of this happen? not necessarily. but did I find this conclusion incredibly satisfying and one of my favorite series conclusions ever? hell yes.
Okay, so basic TL;DR: This book is my second favorite series conclusion I have ever read [after literally my favorite book ever] and nothing can ever beat it and oh my fucking god, I loved this.
This series is political and character driven, which is... such a deep mood for me. This series is about misogyny, about internalized homophobia, about religion, about learning what you deserve in a world that wants you to accept nothing. It is a character and theme study that I just… adore. So much.

Radu had been wrong all this time. He had felt guilty for the way his heart yearned for other men. But it was not his own love that was poisonous and destructive. His love destroyed nothing, hurt no one. Lada loved Wallachia above all else, and this was the result. What Mehmed and Lada did—because of what they set their hearts on with both people and land—was far worse than anything Radu’s love could ever lead him to do. It was an odd sort of thing to take comfort in, but he accepted it.
Nazira was right. His love had no evil in it. He could not say the same for his sister’s.

Radu's characterization has come so far since And I Darken - in Now I Rise, Kiersten White really made me love him, and I just... relate to him so much. I love how well Radu’s sexuality is written. He is so careful about expressing his love for other men, and it’s so realistic not only to the period, but also to my experiences in our current world. Kiersten White is really one of the few not-openly-queer authors I trust most with writing queer characters.
There was something to be said for having his heart broken so many times. Broken things healed thicker and stronger than they were before. Assuming one survived long enough to heal.

And then… there’s Lada. Lada, who I hate and empathize with at the same time. I love how cunning Lada is, how she does everything differently than expected. Every moment of planning she has made me want to scream with joy. And my favorite Lada quote is a spoiler, so I can't put it here, but I think she's one of the best-written antiheroes I've read recently and I really like it?
I really feel like this series went so far past its original sort-of-fucked-up-love-triangle focus. The most important relationships here are predominantly platonic. Lada and Radu. Lada and Nicolae [I’d die for them]. And then there's Radu and Nazira, who I basically ship platonically harder than I have ever shipped anything romantically.
“I am sorry, then.”
“To be right?” Nazira laughed. “It is a heavy burden, always being right. But some of us must bear it.”
“I am grateful you bear it for me, as I am not qualified to carry it myself.”

Speaking of which, I AM GIVING RADU AND NAZIRA THE PARAGRAPH THEY DESERVE. Kiersten White is really out here givin the gays everything they want!! They touched cheeks! They held hands!!!!! They platonically love each other so deeply and it's fucking gorgeous!!!!! They are… literally worth the world to me and I adore them and I’d just die for them. Nazira and Radu invented mlm / wlw solidarity and that's so valid.
Radu put a hand over his heart, wondering if he would feel her death, if he would know. They had been separated for so long. She had looked at him that night in Mehmed’s tent as though faced with a memory, not a man.

Also… listen. Guys. Radu and Lada. Every time Radu and Lada think about each other I want to cry.
But honestly, the most important thing about this whole book was the ending. Because, okay, I have a lot of thoughts, but I don't want to say them, because this book is not even fucking released yet, but also, I have to say them? So please, if you have not read this book, this is the end of the review. Pretend it's the end. Bye.
Nazira had not exaggerated her intentions. She let go of Fatima only when absolutely necessary. Radu leaned back on his cushion, smiling to himself as Nazira tried to navigate eating dinner while keeping hold of Fatima’s hand at all times.

So... the found family ending of this is the best-ever subversion of the bury your gays trope I have ever read in my entire fucking life and I.... legitimately cried. You should have seen me and Em, one of my bffs on this hellsite, screaming in the DMs both reading this at the same time. We were such fucking messes and it meant even more to her, as a Muslim queer woman, than it did to me, and I just... wow I'm a wreck?
And also... Radu chose people over power. And that was the difference.
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Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)
- Canada
5
Mon, 06 Nov 2017

Radu laughed. "I still cannot quite believe we all found each other.”
“ I can. You were always ruthless about finding people to love you.”

Well slap me on a grill and call me BBQ
You know what Kiersten White did to my heart?
She buried it, nailed it, crushed it, crucified it, blasted it, murdered it, roasted it, demolished it, and destroyed it. After, she was thoroughly done with my heart; my brain was the next target. It didn’t even stand a chance because I remember I was at work one day and a customer hit me with the “what’s your name again?” question and I said, “Fuck, I forgot.”
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Translation:
Goodbye everybody. I died well pleased.
Bright we burn, made me lose like 35 years off my life. It was bloody, ruthless, gut-wrenching and absolutely beautiful in every single aspect. It made me scream at humans, inanimate objects or just...screaming in general. It made me cry so much like the floor clearly doesn’t need any mopping now like I can see my own reflection. It made me happy, proud, afraid but most importantly, satisfied.
“She was a dragon.
She was a prince.
She was a woman.
It was the last that scared them most of all.”

I erased this review countless times because I’m just in complete awe. It’s over. This is it. I never knew my heart could ever hurt so much. Every time I type up something, it's just never enough. I can't capture what I truly want to say through words. Maybe, just go on YouTube and search for someone laying on the floor surrounded by a puddle of tears if you wanna understand me.
Ugh.
I can't wrap my mind around the fact that it's truly D O N E. There's no more being sucked into this world and being amazed by everything. There's no more putting myself in these characters shoes and being apart of their wonderful yet terrifying journey. There’s no more clutching my chest whenever the plot takes a turn….and by turn, I really meant A TURN. There’s no more sacrificing my sleep and obviously representing that eye bag life. I mean, my eye bags are pretty much designer now….Louis Vuitton got nothing on me.
The point is...
There’s just simply no more.
As you can see, I'm not okay and I don't think I ever want to be. There's a reason why I usually never review a final book of a series. It's very difficult to calm yourself, sit down, gather your thoughts together and type up a review when you could be dealing with other priorities such as sobbing. I have absolutely no idea how to produce a review anymore since I've been kind of MIA on this website for several months. So, yeah I'll give it my best shot.
Enjoy the front row seat to this hot mess :)
Where do I begin???
Oh, this is a spoiler-free review :)
PLOT
► Intense
► Everything was intense.
► It was filled with action, betrayal, tragedy, conflict, romance, incredibly dark, and emotionally gripping.
►Every word, page and chapter will have you…..idk about you but my family didn’t appreciate being grabbed like every 3 seconds. Or witness me hyperventilating which I don’t blame them because I’m overly dramatic. Or having to frequently ask me if I’m alright because I’d look at them like my eyes will pop out of their sockets.
► The plot will clearly drag you left, right and centre.
► It will make your veins explode.
►You’ll experience like 1000 mind blowing plot twists and sadly you will not be prepared for a single one.
►Your heart might be fucked up after this book but look on the bright side, it will be filled with everything you never knew you needed in your life.
► I think this is the part where I mic drop
►*mic drop*
► Idk why I had to announce that.
CHARACTERS
►Fuck you.
►And Fuck you.
►That is all.
►I lied I forgot one more thing.
► FUCK YOU
► Can’t believe I’m saying this but I, Tweebs, emotionally connected to the pomegranate on the cover.
► Let me explain myself before you judge my entire existence.
► These characters sliced me in half just like that pomegranate on the cover.
► Now onto the characters that sliced me in fucking half.
Lada
■ I should hate her
■ She is vicious, absolutely broken, savage and literally will carry out on every single threat. And yes, she’s crazy but once you get a taste of her vulnerability; everything you ever thought of her will disappear. Okay, not really but you’d develop a sense of understanding and sympathy. You will cry for her because she's just........a broken and lost girl who deals with everything in such a different yet cruel way.
■ I love the fact that her character wasn’t afraid to do anything. She doesn't think, she acts. She's so freakin stubborn. She will fight, no matter who you are, if you pose a threat to her accomplishing her goals and ambitions. And yes, she has me shaking in fear and being left in disbelief in like every chapter but hey THAT’S MY CHILD I LOVE HER.
Radu
■ You ever just like someone so much that you bring them up for no reason at all in every conversation because that’s me with Radu.
■ He is my smart little scrumptious cinnamon roll
■ He is the biggest softie who just wants to spread love and kindness everywhere.
■ He faces so many obstacles that plague him yet he always turns toward his faith for guidance. I just....his faith in Islam is so beautiful. So pure. So innocent. It really touches me as a believer of the religion.
■ Lada may appear to look like the most troubled sibling but I feel like Radu is the one. He's troubled by so many things and internalizes it. I'm just so happy that Radu received everything he ever wished for. He's had his own fair share of being on the same "I should hate this character" boat but I just can't stay hating my child.
■ Honestly, someone fetch me tissues. I’m in desperate need of them.
Other Characters
■ We have so many characters and I have so little brain cells left so I’ll sum it up really quickly.
■ I just love how the plot doesn’t just revolve around Lada and Radu. It revolves around everyone. From Mehmed, to Nikolai, to Nazira, to Bogdan, To Fatima, to Cyprian, and many more.
■ You will feel their struggles, their fears, their expectations, and their happiness.
■ These characters are just simply unforgettable.
■ Heck, even the ones you HATE are unforgettable.
WRITING
► Everything in this book is magnificent.
► It makes picking quotes very very VERY difficult
► The devil works hard but Kiersten White works harder
► She has this amazing talent to lure you in with her writing. It’s sticky like syrup. Once you’re caught. That’s it. There’s no going back.
► I just….ugh. Everything was refreshing.
► The storytelling was enthralling.
► Is it possible to remove whatever is left of my heart and give it to Kiersten White?
OTHER THINGS I LOVED
► I loved the politics, history, and finding one's true self.
► I loved the relationships in this book
► I loved the representation of different sexualities within this story and how it was thoroughly explored. I believe, a lot of people will be so freakin excited with the things that occur in this book. Why? BECAUSE I AM.
► I loved the fact that I realized how my religion, Islam, is interpreted by different perspectives. It was very eye-opening to me.
► There's so many things I loved, admired and cherished. I'm incapable of justifying my emotions. I have absolutely no faith in the English language to capture what I truly want to say.
►I just loved every fucking thing.
CONCLUSION
► Wow even typing the word “conclusion” is making my eyes fucking twitch.
► I CAN'T BELIEVE ITS OVER LIKE CAN YOU ? BECAUSE I CAN’T
► I might be unsatisfied that the journey has come to an end but deep down, I'm so fucking satisfied. I choked on my saliva like 7 times because everything wrapped up so beautifully.
►Bright we burn was stunning, breathtaking and the perfect finale. This series is probably going to be one of my favorite's because I will never forget the amount of tears I’ve shed. I will never forget the characters who, quite literally, demanded to live inside my heart. I will never forget, amidst the chaos, this book delivered so many genuine messages filled with hope. And lastly, I will never forget to repeatedly thank Kiersten White for writing and blessing us with this beautiful gem of a series. It may be the end of a remarkable journey but this story and the characters will never end for me. They'll always remain fucking alive in my heart. And hey, re-reads. We can't forget re-reads.
Kiersten White, I look forward to all of your future books.
Thank you so much.
Now let me go cry.
Just three bodies mattered. The same three that had always mattered.
Radu’s.
Lada’s.
And Mehmed’s.”

Now, y'all already know what to do by now.
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PRE-REVIEW
my thoughts on the cover
mom: what do you want from the grocery store?
me: a pomegranate
mom: but you don't even lik-
me: WELL
me: *dramatic pause*
me: I DO NOW
you know you won at life when kiersten white liked this review

destiny
- Atlanta, GA
3
Wed, 04 Oct 2017

#1 And I Darken ★★★★★
#2 Now I Rise ★★★★★
#3 Bright We Burn ★★★☆☆

This series has been an incredible journey, and I was both eager and terrified to see how it would end. As many of you already know, I tend to avoid series finales like the plague. They’re almost always my least favorite part of a series, probably because I like very particular types of endings where all the loose ends are tied and everyone has completed their tasks—and these are rarely synonymous with happy, fan-servicing endings, which is what this felt like to me.
She could not sleep in those stone rooms, empty and yet still crowded with the ghosts of all the princes who had come before her.

Lada has been one of my favorite heroines since I first read And I Darken, but she was perhaps my greatest struggle in this installment. You see, Lada has always been vicious, but she’s been clever about it; she’s made a habit of outwitting everyone around her, constantly, and her intentions have always been fair: to pull Wallachia out of the mud and see her people thrive without the shackles put upon them by men like the boyars and Mehmed.
After all, fire and blood and death were nothing to a country led by a dragon.

In this finale, something feels lost in her character arc to me. Gone is the conniving yet brilliant young woman who took from the rich to give to the poor, and in her place is a sloppy warlord who destroys innocents recklessly and stumbles into one trap after another. I understand character development and that sometimes, the characters we love become less than what they were, but I believe with my whole heart that this was the wrong direction to take Lada’s story in.
Someday Radu would not long for a time when he was certain things were terrible but had no idea just how much worse they were about to get.

And then, there’s Radu, who I actually admitted in my Now I Rise review was one of the most infuriating characters I’ve ever met in my life. He makes almost exclusively terrible decisions because of his affections for Mehmed, and he is blind to the entire world around him whenever he is in the sultan’s presence. But, you know what else I mentioned in that review: I liked that about him. I enjoyed the drama he brought to the pages. That was no longer the case by the end of Bright We Burn.
He could not have conversations about his future as though his past were not looped around his neck like a noose, choking him with regret and sorrow.

As we near the end of the story, Radu finally begins to see the error of his ways, yet he doesn’t do anything to fix his mistakes. Instead, he doubles down, and while I won’t spoil the action for you, I will say that the direction he takes shocked me in the most awful way. Much like with Lada, I felt like I was reading an entirely different character from the one I’d grown to know in the first two books.
Radu expected to find his friend angry. Instead, he found Mehmed sitting on a pillow, staring up at the ceiling of the tent with a bemused smile.
“I think she missed us,” he said.

The one thing that remains entirely the same in Bright We Burn is Mehmed, who is still this insufferable, disgusting cretin of a man. I can’t say anything at all about how I feel regarding Mehmed without spoiling the entire ending, but if you’ve read it, feel free to DM me—I have quite a lot of feelings about his story.
He had changed his faith, his life, even his name, but he could not change or escape his sister.

There are a million other things I’d like to fuss about, but they’re all spoilers, so I’ll leave them all be; however, if you’ve read it, there’s a particular incident that occurs with Lada that is intended to be a “twist”, and it not only frustrated me that I predicted it so long ago, but it also positively enraged me with how she handled it. (Again, feel free to DM—lots of rage to get out over this one.)
“It seems to me she has tremendous regard for blood. She simply prefers it spilled on the ground.”

All in all, this wasn’t a horrible book on its own; as you can see, I still thought it was worth a solid 3 stars. That said, it was one of the most disappointing series finales I have ever read, in terms of the direction the story took. At the time that I’m writing this review, however, my opinion is definitely not the common consensus, so if you have enjoyed the series thus far, I do strongly urge you to pick this up and give it a chance.
All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to my friend Lynette for sending me this ARC!
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥
5
Sat, 20 Jan 2018