Review: The Rose & the Dagger

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

“You are boundless. There is nothing you can’t do.”

A solid ending to an amazing duology!

There are so many good things about this book that I can talk about.
-The writing is just as intricate and beautiful here as it was in the first book.
-Irsa’s character growth was amazing to see. She was a very unique character and to see her become her own person was extremely satisfying.
-So much girl power. This story was filled with badass women who got shit done.
-Shazi and Khalid are just as cute as ever.
-The plot was never boring, and it had a lot less romance than the first. It was full of twists and turns throughout and filled with magic and adventure.

There were a few things I wasn’t a huge fan of, but not enough to really deter me.
-There were a few too many new characters. Some of them I didn’t really get what their purpose was.
-The ending was a bit rushed. And don’t even get me started on the epilogue. (It was so cheesy I could barely get through it.)
-Everything that is Tariq.

This may not have been as strong as its predecessor but it was almost everything I expected. Renée wrapped up the series and if you liked The Wrath & the Dawn you’ll probably like this one.

“Do you know why I adore roses? I’ve always loved them for their beauty and their scent, but—”

“It’s because of their thorns. Because there’s more to them than first meets the eye.”

4 stars

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