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The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


Goodreads: 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.


I loved The Wrath & The Dawn so much I gave it five stars, so my expectations for The Rose & The Dagger were VERY high. This was a good sequel/conclusion, but it lacked some of the elements I fell in love with in the first book (sassy humor, mystery, lots of twists & turns, etc).

This begins shortly after the end of TW&TD. I don’t like Tariq, so I found the first half of the book slow. I’m so glad there wasn’t a love triangle.

Once Shazi figures out how to work the magic carpet and meets Artan things definitely pick up, but too much of the story revolved around the upcoming war and Tariq’s macho fest. I almost feel like the war and the curse ended too quickly… The epilogue though is so good, and the ending really made my heart hurt.

Renee Ahdieh’s writing is so beautiful, and her characters are some of the best characters I’ve ever read about. I will definitely be checking out all her future work.

My Rating: tumblr_inline_nbptlpV9ce1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptlxaJcu1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptl5RKBV1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptlpV9ce1qdokuq 


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