Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Pubilcation Date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Magic, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult
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.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It is so hard to write a coherent review when all I want to do is fangirl and scream and run around in circles because this book is complete and utter perfection, in every sense of the word. I loved The Wrath & The Dawn, and I loved this even more. I’m totally blown away. Renee Ahdieh has done it again and I will forever insta-buy anything she writes. She could literally write something about a piece of bark and I’d still love it. I even made image collage, which we all knows means I’m fangirling like a headless chicken. Oh, and I’m using romantic Aladdin GIFs because I AM NOT OKAY.
I actually read this as slow as possible to try and savour it because it was so rutting good. My heart swelled — I shed tears of sadness and happiness. This book is basically everything that I have ever wanted and more. Once I finished reading this I almost reread it, and I hardly ever reread anything – that’s how good it was.
“Do you know why I adore roses? I’ve always loved them for their beauty and their scent, but–”
“It’s because of their thorns. Because there’s more to them than first meets the eye.”
Enthralling story and rich descriptions
The Rose and The Dagger picks up straight up where The Wrath and The Dawn ended. I’m not going to go into much detail about it, but there was new locations, elements, and characters introduced and I adored all of it. I couldn’t get enough of it all.
Characters are unforgettable
Shahzard is actually one of my idols. I forgot how much I loved her and this just made me fall in love with her all over again. She is strong, clever, caring, fierce, and loving and is basically all I have ever wanted in a heroine. Khalid is ever the same perfect love interest.
“You’re better than beautiful.” Rahim took a careful breath. “You’re interesting. Never forget that.”
Relationships are perfection
If you’ve read my review of TW&TD or know me, you know I ship the shit out of Shazi and Khalid because they are actual couple goals. They are in every way equals, and I love how much you can really feel their love, it was bursting out of the pages. There was more than 2 other romances too – my swooning heart almost burst, I swear.
This is one of my all time favourite series of ever. It is just so incredibly beautiful. I do wish that there was a bit more to the story, as I’d love to know more about the new characters and read more about Despina and Jalal. At least there are the novellas: The Moth & The Flame, The Crown & The Arrow, and The Mirror & The Maze. Thank goodness they are there, otherwise I’m not quite sure if I would survive.
Now, please excuse me whilst I go and pick up all the pieces of my heart.
|Overall:||4.9 / 5|