Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Posted May 29, 2016 by Maria in Review / 1 Comment

Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee AhdiehThe Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 420
Format: eBook
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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

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.

The Wrath & the Dawn was one of my favorite books last year. I am very pleased to announce that the sequel didn’t disappoint me. Yes, to some extent it differed from the first book. But magic, pain, love, everything I adore in this book is still there.

I was not surprised at how Shazi grown as a character. This girl was, is and will always be amazing. I will not say that I would much like for her to be my best friend for the simple reason that she is already my friend.
I believed in her throughout history.
Another character which I totally loved (no, this is not Khalid, not even necessary to mention him, I’ll adore him forever, this man is inimitable.) is a Shazi’s sister. She’s so different from her sister, but no less amazing and although I’m still crying for her, I know that she is strong and will cope with everything.

I think, you already understand how much the characters in this series are dear to me. I am absolutely grateful to Renee for these books, they can’t be compared with anything and I’ll definitely re-read them more than once.

five-stars
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