“Not Dragwlya,” she said. “Lada Dracul. Iam no longer the daughter of the dragon.” She lifter her chin, sights on the horizon.
“I am the dragon”
If you’re about women empowerment, equality, and self-discovery then this book is for you. Told from 2 perspectives, the first book of this trilogy mainly deals with the main character Ladislav or Lada’s realization of the gender inequality in her society and her quest to rise above it and prove herself worthy as an equal. She learned that for her to be respected she has to act tough and be better or equal with men in her society. Lada trains herself in fighting, studies military tactics and despises the show of weakness or vulnerability. Which is the complete opposite of her younger brother Radu,who we get to see the story through his eyes, as he struggles to find himself and place in a brutal time where men were expected to be strong and tough/macho. Both have created a place for themselves. Lada, as head of her own group of men guarding the Sultan and Radu as a court favorite , collecting secrets and creating political threads for him. But both of them have bigger aspirations and at the end they have to choose between love, and staying in their comfort zone or stepping out and reach for more.
Here’s my attempt to draw Lada haha!