Title: The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: April 26th 2016
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 love.
Oh. My. God.
This book broke my heart and put it back together again in just a little over 400 pages, and I’m still thinking about it days after I finished reading it. I was a huge fan of The Wrath and the Dawn, completely falling in love with the world and Khalid, and now it’s happened again with the second book. I swear, this woman can write a story that captivates you with the first sentence.
Can we take a moment to talk about the character development that Khalid got even more of in this book? Because I was actually, genuinely freaking out the entire time. The scenes of him and Irsa were some of my favorites, especially when he actually laughed and smiled. My heart melted.
Please tell me that I’m not the only one who didn’t like Tariq at all. Like, even though I could tell that he was developing as a character, and like, sure he was becoming a less shitty person, but he was still annoying as hell. I didn’t really care for the way he acted toward Shahrzad, and I definitely like how possessive he was about her.
This next section is going to be a bit spoilery, so if you haven’t finished, I would suggest reading it and then coming back to this part!
Now, lets talk about that ending…
Was anyone else let down? Like, it was so much build up, I’m waiting to read about this full on war going down between the two kingdoms, and then there’s just, nothing. There was a pretty solid closing scene where they threaten Mr. Evil Guy and replace him with a new queen, but I was really looking forward to a bad ass throw down..
Other than that, this book was literally everything I wanted/needed and more. I can’t wait to read all of the new books Renee puts out, I know they’ll be just as magical.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!