The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
My Rating: 4.25/5
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
“For it was easy to be good and kind in times of plenty. The trying times were the moments that defined a man.”
This book seriously took me on one heck of a ride and I loved every single second of it. After loving the first book of this duology (The Wrath and the Dawn – review here) I was highly anticipating this book. After re=reading TWATD to freshen my memory of everything and swoon again over Shazi and Khalid..I was finally ready to start reading this bad boy!
I will admit, the first 150 pages or so were extremely slow, but I knew that things would kick up quick AND BOY DID THEY DO JUST THAT. In a weird way, this book was so so SO different than TWATD but at the same time, a beautiful extension of the same story. The second book really focused on the magic and more than just Shazi & Khalid. The story took in a different setting for the most part and it honestly just as great. We also got to see more of 2-3 characters that were just mentioned in the first book, and introduced to some new characters! But as always, Ahdieh KNOWS HOW TO WRITE AMAZING CHARACTERS that know how to make you feel all the feeeeeeels. And besides the amazing characters, her writing is splendid and beautiful. Duh.
I will say however, that one thing I really enjoyed in this book was the magical aspect and environment Ahdieh created. It was amazing. I felt so immersed in the world, writing and characters. And not only was it great and amazing to read, Renee made me freaking CRY which I did not expect (hahahaha that’s a lie) and made my heart beat SO FAST because all of the stuff that went down in this book with ALL of the characters. So much pain, love, angst, and emotion is this beautiful sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn. So if you loved the first book, I’m sure you’ll love this one too. I highly recommend these beautiful books to EVERY SINGLE READER. GO. JUST GO. GO READ IT. DO IT NOW. Thanks. 🙂
And just so we make it clear, I love Khalid forever and always. (Okay now I’m done, thanks)
If you’ve read The Rose and the Dagger, what was your favorite thing about it?