Book Review: The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The conclusion to The Wrath and The Dawn series

Published in 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction.

Pages: 416

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review:

This duology has been such an epic journey! From the start of the Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh made me feel such a vast array of emotions! From such hate towards a specific character, to pure sorrow!

Shazi, oh, what a heroine! So fierce and fabulous! Throughout this duology I felt like I was with her every step of the way! I had high hopes for this second installment, and I was not disappointed! From the opening prologue I practically wept from the tragic irony of the flashback, and how it all led to the start of this duology! The writing was just so vast and magical throughout, not to mention addictive! I could hardly put it down!

I loved every ounce of this book, the jump between Shazi and Khalid’s points of view, I truly felt like I could share both of their emotions! I could feel their pain, both physically and emotionally, honestly what they both went through had me right in the feels! All throughout, I felt like I was on their side! Which is saying something about how amazing Renee’s writing is, because I detested Khalid at the start of The Wrath and The Dawn, but that was before I knew…

This was such a unique reimagining of The 1001 Arabian Nights, I mean, I admit, like many other bookworms, that I get attached to fictional characters easily, but I never thought I’d get this attached to Shazi and Khalid! I felt like I was saying farewell to friends that I had come to know on such a personal level!

I loved the addition of Shazi’s little sister in this book, and how much she grew throughout was just amazing! I love how fiery she was throughout, and how she made it clear that she didn’t need protecting and how she made Shazi see how she needed to be honest with her! Honestly, their relationship was just so precious and you could just tell and feel their love for one another!

I feel like I would happily read infinite books about these characters, however, I’ll just as happily settle for calling this duology one of my very most favourites ever! Everything about this was just an amazing read, and everything I need a final installment to be! I can’t wait to read Renee Ahdieh’s other books!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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