The Rose & the Dagger
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published: April 26th 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5 Stars
The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.
I am so glad that after all this time I finally decided to pick up the second and final book to this fantastic tale. The Wrath and the Dawn took me by surprise and ended up being one of my favourite books of last year. I shouldn’t have waited so long to read The Rose & The Dagger because I loved it more than I ever thought I could.
Like I said in my review for The Wrath and the Dawn. I don’t particularly like re-tellings or hate to love relationships. But Renée crafted this story so beautifully. I couldn’t help but love every single second of it.
Shazi, I nearly forgot how stubborn and brave she was. But as soon as I started reading from her perspective again, it all came flooding back to me. How much I love her. How no matter what stands in her way, Shazi will always fight for what she believes in. She is a remarkable character.
And Khalid. The most hated man in his own city. The boy king that everyone thinks is a complete monster. I love how much Khalid grows in this book. His enemies become allies and his allies become enemies. And the entire time Khalid is simply trying to become a better man for his kingdom.
And each of these characters are so distinctive with their separate way of thinking that it is impossible to forget who’s perspective we are reading. I love how much depth each character possesses. I could tell how much care and time that the author put into creating them. It was so refreshing.
I could not put this book down. I needed to know the outcome for Shazi and her loved ones. I needed to know if they get a happily ever after or a war that they can’t win. There is so much action and intense scenes in this novel that I thought my heart was going to beat right out of my chest.
I’m giving this book 5 stars. I could go on and on forever about how much I loved this duology. It was such a refreshing story about love, family and what becomes of people who seek only power. I love Renée Ahdieh’s writing, and I intend to read all her other stories. I think she has officially been added to my auto-buy list. I recommend this book to everyone. It has so much to offer, and I think that you will enjoy it tremendously.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high—rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN.