The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
The second book in The Wrath and the Dawn duology
My Rating – 4*-5*
‘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.’
“That is not the way of it. Your future is not set in stone, my dearest star. A coin turns on itself a number of times before it lands.”
I’m actually quite sad to know that I’m not going to read anymore from this series, I feel a little lost actually because I’m gonna miss these characters so much ☹
Renee Ahdieh sure has a way with words that’s for sure, I loved how beautiful every chapter was and I tried to take it slower this time round that I did with the first book, partly because I wanted to savour it because I knew it was the last book and because the writing was just so eloquent.
Although this book is amazing, I did prefer the first book. This book didn’t disappoint me, there was more magic, love, friendship, betrayal, redemption, family and of course a magic flying carpet. As always I was swept away into this magical world and I really didn’t want to leave.
Shazi and Khalid together are as powerful as ever, you can tell that the two are soul mates – they are definitely one of my favourite couples ever. Isra I LOVED in this book, she was the complete opposite to her sister and it was lovely to watch.
Tariq did indeed grow on me a bit in this book, I was worried for a brief second that he was going to not only ruin Shazi and Khalid’s relationship but potentially hurt them but the book took a turn for the better and towards the end I ended up really liking him.
Okay, Rahim I did not expect to die at all and I was really sad when it happened, especially since Isra and him had finally declared their feelings for each other ☹
Overall, this was a great conclusion to the series and I really loved the last few paged for the epilogue. I highly recommend this series 😀