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Review: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Review: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee AhdiehThe Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #2
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Goodreads

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.

The Rose & the Dagger has the same beautiful story telling as the first installment. The main difference is the amount of romance. Don’t fret – still a lot of Shazi/Kahlid moments to go around! They just have slightly bigger priorities – like destroying a curse and restoring the kingdom.

Magical books, flying carpets, giant serpents – Ahdieh spares no expense on this rich fantasy ride to conclude the series. Relationships and friendships are tested and broken apart. We learn more about the curse, there are some real surprises with a dash of betrayal. All in all, an exciting ride from start to finish.

The ending is really where it all came together for me. It ends on a powerful note for the strong and complex women characters of the novel. Highly recommended series for fantasy lovers!

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