Wednesday, April 27, 2016

REVIEW: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Book Blurb: 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.

My Review: The Rose and the Dagger is the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn and it is awesome. I fell even more in love with the characters of this world. We get introduced to new characters in this book and we also lose some characters. Some of this book was a bit slow but not once did it bore me. However the end of this book tore my heart out and then promptly restored it in short order. I wish this series was a bit longer but I understand why it had to end. It would be nice to revisit this world sometime... Maybe with some more short stories or even a follow up novella. This duology is a series that I recommend to everyone.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

1 comment:

  1. Nice review. I'm glad you enjoyed this book so much. Sounds interesting.