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

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Summary:

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

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.

Review:

If you haven’t read The Wrath and the Dawn, check out my review and read it ASAP!

I’m feeling as if I lost a part of myself in this book, but at the same time I got to the end of it so full of love, and beauty. Renée Ahdieh’s writing is mesmerizing. It’s captivating. It’s like if she were holding your face still, looking into your eyes, showing you something incredible, you can’t look away.

A trickle of blood slid down his arm. He felt nothing. He only saw it. Because nothing hurt like missing her. He suspected nothing ever would.

As amazing as the first book was, I think this one was even more magnificent. There are a lot of characters that get more space, helping a plot that flows beautifully and has you holding your breath so many times. I loved that this book was more fast-paced, without neglecting those exquisite  descriptions of places and feelings that brought this world to life. Khalid and Shahrzad aren’t together at first, and so much is going on with both of them, fighting to break Khalid’s curse, and avoid a war that seems inevitable, when all they want is to be together. I swear, this is probably my favorite ship ever. And I’d never say this so lightly, so it speaks volumes about this couple’s loveliness. The way they thought about each other sent daggers through my heart, and when they’re finally in each other’s arms, my heart exploded with feelings. Truly, spectacular. Shahrzad is as passionate and fierce as ever, as are, or become, the other female characters. I just adored the camaradiere between them all, as much as the development of the boys’ relationships.

“Stop smiling and go to sleep.” “How do you know I’m smiling? You’re not even looking at me.”  “I can feel you smiling, Shazi.” The warm sound of her laughter stole through Khalid’s skin, heating the coldest reaches of his soul.

I’m just so fond of everything in this series, I could go on forever. These characters stole my heart, with their words, their love, their laughter, their pain. I was a wreck by the end of it all. But this was the most satisfying duology I’ve ever read. So, thank you Renée Ahdieh, I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next.

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