The Rose and the Dagger - Renee Ahdieh

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.



3 ½★

If you follow my reviews you know I absolutely loved book one and was very much looking forward to book two.

Sadly this book felt sort of short for me and I can’t say I enjoyed it nearly as much as the first.

It starts off pretty much where we were left in book two and things are starting to fall apart fast for everyone. Shazi is is separated from Kahlid some major parts of the book and “stuck” with Tariq. I still enjoyed Shazi for the most part but must say she defiantly had her stupid moments in this book. I also enjoyed that we learned more about her family history.

I was not a huge fan in book one of Tariq and that did not change if anything I just dislike him more than before.

I loved Khalid and I loved seeing how he handled things, the good, the bad and the ugly. Though he also had his moments of annoyance.

The pace of the book felt a little all over the place, some things were too long and seemed to go on forever other the complete opposite.

Oh….   Despina and Jalah story … again while a bit predicable at part overall I enjoyed it very much.

Overall, I enjoyed the ending and the book but I thought it was not as good as the first book. But I’m still very glad that I read them

I rate it 3 ½★