Book Review: The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

Type: Duology
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Source: Hardcover // Amazon
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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


The Rose and the Dagger was a superb ending to a splendid Arabian Nights retelling. Usually, by the end of a series, it would lose some of its perks and the entertainment level would die down, but that was not the case for this book.

The romance was definitely spot-on and Shahrzad and Khalid are like relationship goals. They are star-crossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet, well except for the ending though, that's completely different. 

What I really like about this book is that we were able to get into the minds of not only Shahrzad and Khalid, but others around them like Jahandar, Irsa, and Despina. With all the chaos going on, it was great to see how everyone is dealing with the situation in their own perspective.

Overall, this series was amazing and I was glad that I was able to have read such an amazing story.

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