The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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August 16, 2016 by Betty

Title: The Rose and The Dagger

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance


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.

I finally got around to finishing The Rose and The Dagger. I first started reading it about a month and a half ago, but I put it down after reading 3 chapters and found myself a little reluctant to pick back up. This however was not due to the book itself, I just found myself in a bit of a reading slump with this particular book. However, now that I have finished reading it I am glad to say it is a truly worthwhile read.

There are a few surprises along the way, but I predicted many of the new developments and twists before they actually occurred. There was one particular one, involving a hidden identity of someone we thought we knew, that I did NOT see coming. My reaction was synonymous with Shahrzad’s. Deep hurt and betrayal. The main problem, the one having to do with Khalid’s curse was addressed and resolved quite quickly in this book, it was almost anti climatic. I understand why though, as Shazi is kidnapped and Khalid is trying to prevent war from breaking out without undue bloodshed.

Let me not spoil it, but I will say there are two deaths of main characters. Only one really hurt my soul though. The other….it was ehhh, seeing as the person had lost a lot of respect from me through out the novel.

I’m glad to say that Shazi and Khalid do get a happy ending. The epilogue jumps ahead by about seven years in the future, so it is nice to see how many have fared. I enjoyed this book but it wasn’t spectacular to me. It was a little lacking in depth. Many things arose and were solved so quickly or superficially that it lacked some realism despite the fantasy setting.

Rating: 3 stars


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