The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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Title: The Rose and The Dagger (The Wrath and The Dawn, #2)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Format: eBook
Date Published: April 26, 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: 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.

(taken from goodreads)

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After reading The Wrath and The Dawn, there was nothing I wanted more than reading its sequel, The Rose and The Dagger. Unfortunately, I was not able to read it until now! And boy it was so beautiful.

My ship, I mean, Khalid and Shahrzad were separated. Khalid remained in the palace while Shahrzad was in the middle of the desert along with her sister, father, Tariq and others who would fight against their murderer boy-king who happened to be Shahrzad’s husband and one true love. My heart ached for Khalid and Shahrzad because so many people wanted Khalid dead with so many ways on how to do it — and Shahrzad was there to hear what others had to say! I’m just so, so glad none of it came true.

When Shahrzad and Khalid finally crossed paths in the book, I couldn’t help but not wanting it to end. I really feel like Khalid turns into this little baby whenever he’s with Sharhzad and they’re just so cute and too perfect for each other.

The Rose and The Dagger is like a roller coaster ride, with so many twists and turns! ~This girl~ turned out to be the daughter of the Sultan who had always wanted Khalid’s throne. I swear I nearly shouted then and with all the things ~she~ said, I felt like I was played at during the first book. There were things I did not see coming so I sometimes just either laugh or cry or let the feels take me wherever they want to go.

I love the fantasy element of the book so much. In the previous book, a magic carpet was given to Shahrzad. It was used quite a lot in this book and I couldn’t help but imagine Aladdin and Jasmine with their magic carpet.

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It just pops out on my mind when “magic carpet” is mentioned! Hahaha!

After reading the book, there were so many things to be thankful about this book being fantasy with all their magic and book and spells.

Overall, this was a very beautiful book and a very beautiful duo-logy. It did not matter that I don’t know what A Thousand and One Nights is because it still gave me the emotions I had to feel whilst reading. I hated myself for finishing the book too quickly. Renee Ahdieh did not fail me and her writing still enchants me. The Rose and The Dagger is one of those books we ought to read because of its beauty not only on the cover but also the story inside.

And… did I mention the epilogue? Well, that’s just something to look forward to! ~swoons~

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2 thoughts on “The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

  1. It was so painful when Shazi and Khalid were separated but I think it just made the scenes of them together so much more worth it. Loved this book, great review and totally true about the epilogue!

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