Wednesday, March 7

Review: The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
Renee Ahdieh

Published By: GP Putnam
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Date Read: February 4, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 416

From Goodreads:
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.

"It does not take courage to kill. It takes courage to live."

After finishing The Wrath and the Dawn I couldn't wait to continue this amazing series and see what was going to happen to my favourite characters. I was expecting this to be amazing after falling in love with Renee's writing style and world building in the previous book and the novellas and The Rose and the Dagger just went above and beyond what I was expecting. It was stunning and I loved every single moment.

Shazi has been taken away from her beloved Khalid, and when she finds herself in enemy territory she has to hide her true feelings and pretend that she was just trying to stay alive all along. But Shazi is determined to find a way to free Khalid from his curse. But can she save him, while also keeping safe in enemy territory?

One thing I loved about this series is how amazing the characters are. I absolutely loved not only Kahlid and Shazi but the secondary characters as well and I couldn't read fast enough to see how it was going to end and what was going to happen to them. These incredible characters have ups and downs throughout The Rose and the Dagger and I went from laughing to crying to laughing again. It certainly was an emotional rollercoaster while reading this book.

Renee Ahdieh is fast becoming one of my favourite fantasy authors. Her writing, world building and characterisation is just utterly amazing and I can't get enough of her books. My love for her books started with The Flame and the Mist and this series has just sealed my belief that she is a fantastic storyteller. I cannot wait to see what she is going to write next.

The Rose and the Dagger was such a perfect ending to this perfectly romantic duology. I loved every single second of it and a part of me is super sad that I have finished it. This is one series that I know I will read over and over again. I just loved it so much. If you haven't read this series yet I urge you to give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.

"It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together."

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