Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Posted July 21, 2016 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée AhdiehThe Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on April 26th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Retelling
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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.

5 Stars

The Rose and the Dagger was one of my most anticipated books of 2016, being that it followed the flawless and engrossing The Wrath and the Dawn, one of my favorite books of 2015. Honestly, words will never really do it justice. This book – and this series – is wholly unique. So much so that I finished it thinking, “OH MY GOD SO PERFECT SO MANY FEELINGS,” and yet any time I thought, “Well, I should write that review,” I was kind of left speechless. So I’m going to keep it short. This book is great.

Reasons why you should totally read The Wrath and the Dawn duology, like right now:

  1. Renée Ahdieh’s writing is absolutely to die for. She weaves magic into her world so flawlessly, while you still see the definite links to our own world and Middle Eastern mythology. And overall it has just the right amount of embellishment to draw you in, to the point where you’ll never want to put the book down. It’s reminiscent of Laini Taylor, Libba Bray, and Samantha Shannon – and if you know anything about me, you know that that’s just about the highest compliment I can give.

  2. Shazi is a feminist icon and totally badass. Though she does not kick ass physically, she demands respect and admiration the instant she walks into a room. Her values are strong and true, she fights endlessly for what she believes in, and it’s not hard to see why she would have multiple suitors. And she’s so SMART. This series gets pretty political at times, but Shazi knows how to play the game and get the opposition on their knees.

  3. Khalid. If you ever like the mysterious, dark, broody type, you need to meet Khalid, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone do it better than him. Honestly, he nails it. And the chemistry he has with Shazi is amazing. Every time they’re together, it’s like fire erupts on the page. And though things are at times tough for them in this book, you will have feelings all over the place. Do not worry about a love triangle situation. Technically it is one, but it’s so easy to ignore because everything pales in comparison to Khalid and Shazi.

  4. FEELINGS. This book in particular is quite brutal. It will jerk you up to high highs with new characters you grow to love, beautiful romance, old characters you learn to love even more — and then it will drag you into the depths of despair because WAR is brewing and not everyone makes it out okay.

  5. Because I said so. There.

Summing Up:

Yes, arguably it’s been too long since I read this book, so I can’t go into the itty bitty details. But the simple fact that I want to convey to you now is that I loved every single page of this book, it took me on an emotional joy ride, and it was utterly beautiful from start to finish. I will be stalking this author for any new writing. Heck, I’ll take a grocery list – anything.

GIF it to me straight!

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One response to “Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

  1. I completely agree with everything you said in this review! One thing I felt while reading this books is the MAGIC, it’s so magical and beautifully written <3 I was completely won over by Khalid and Shazi ever since TWATD and as you said their chemistry is amazing! I also love the side characters almost as much, especially Shazi's sister (forgot her name already but still haha) I will definitely read ANYTHING Renee Ahdieh writes in the future! P.S. I also love Laini Taylor!! Can't wait to read Strange the Dreamer <333