ARC Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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Written by: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Pages: 420, hardcover
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #2
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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.

LetsTalk

 

This was THE book I wanted from TLA. The one single book that I wanted more than any other. And it was only because it was one week before I could read it as it was published. But that one week was still so important to me because lord knew I needed it.

The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my top favorites from 2015, it blew me out of the water, especially as a debut. It wasn’t just the story either, it was everything and in every way that it all worked together to create this masterpiece. But then that ending happened. That cursed ending.

I already knew this was going to become one of my favorite series and I just couldn’t handle waiting to see more of it, so even if it was only three days early, lord I needed it three days early.

We’re also gonna ignore how late I am posting this review okay? Okay. Good. Y’all are the best readers ever.

 

Didn'tWork

I think that there was so much going on in this book, some of it seemed like it was handled so easily that there could’ve been more build up, but again I feel if there was more build up it would’ve lead to this being a trilogy….which really I wouldn’t have minded… But I just feel like some of the pacing could’ve been handled a little bit differently than it was.

DidWork

This damn OTP. Because that’s what these two are. Really. I have few true OTPs, and they fall into that category hard. I don’t know how to even express how hard I ship this couple. I cannot.

Both the Wrath and the Dawn, and now the Rose and the Dagger, are written with this amazingly elegant hand. I felt like I was submersed in the world. I could feel the story come alive around me and it was an experience reading the book, outside of the actual plot of the book.

Characters in this book man! Like c’mon. How can I start to talk here. They all grew and changed, and yet they stayed true to who they really were inside. They grew together and sometimes apart, but most times closer together and it just made me really happy.

Overall the book made me really happy okay? And I already know it’s gonna be one of those books that I reread and reread and reread and reread.

Pickup

The Wrath and the Dawn is one of my FAVORITE series. Period. So yes, yes go read this series and love it as much as I do.

Sondra 

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