Book Title: The Rose & the Dagger
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Page Count: 416
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.
This book definitely kept me on my toes. It was so much better than I was anticipating and I am so happy for that. The Rose & the Dagger starts where The Wrath & the Dawn left off. Shazi and Khalid are split up and Shazi is back with her family in the desert. We get to see a lot more of Shazi’s sister, Irsa, who I absolutely loved. Her character growth was so great. She went from being this small, shy girl to a girl with a voice and so much more strength.
We are also introduced to a new character, Artan, who is so funny and just as smart-mouthed as Shahrzad. So of course the two butt heads at first because of their stubbornness but quickly become friends. We also got to see a lot more of Tariq and Rahim. Rahim quickly became a favorite character for me.
This one had a lot more action, in my opinion, than The Wrath & the Dawn but less romance. A big part of that probably being because Khalid and Shazi were split up. But I think that it worked great for the book. Their relationship was so well built in the first book that you didn’t second guess their feelings for each other.
Ultimately, I was very satisfied with the ending of this book and I recommend picking it up if you enjoyed The Wrath & the Dawn. I’m sure you will love this one just as much! 5/5 stars for sure!