* Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader, where every Friday, bloggers post the first sentence (or few sentences) of their current read, as well as their first impressions of the book! *
I’m doing this meme a little bit late, considering it’s normally a Friday meme. But I found it and really liked the concept and decided I didn’t really give a hoot about it being a day late!
Vlad Dracul’s heavy brow descended like a storm when the doctor informed him that his wife had given birth to a girl. His other children – one from his first wife, now nearly full grown, and even a bastard child from his mistress, born last year – had been boys. He had not thought his seed weak enough to produce a girl…
“Ladislav,” he declared. It was a feminine form of Vlad. Diminutive. Diminished. If Vasilissa wanted a strong name, she would have to bear him a son. “Let us pray she is beautiful so we can get some use out of her,” he said. The infant screamed louder.
Like so many of the books I read, this one has been suggested to me over and over again by one of my close friends. I’m not sure what I thought it would be when I first started reading it, but now that I’m incredibly close to finishing it – I think I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far.
I went into this thinking it would be closer to supernatural or fantasy in nature, and I was wrong. Then I thought, after reading about a hundred pages in, that it would turn out to be more dramatic and romantic – and was proven wrong a second time.
And I Darken is historical fiction which I’m grateful for because it’s a genre I’ve ignored for a while up until now. Recently I’ve read a small handful of novels, such as Stalking Jack the Ripper, The Beautiful Ones, and The Book of Whispers to name a few, and all of them have given me a new love for historical fiction.
Another reason why this book differs from a lot of the ones I usually read is because it covers the entire life span of Lada, the main character. I can’t decide if I love or hate this – or fall somewhere in between – because I’m much more of a “get to the good part” kind of reader.
Nevertheless, I’ll be done with And I Darken within a day or two and I’ll be able to share my final thoughts with you all then!