Narrator: Ariana Delawari
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Length: 11 hrs, 43 min
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
THIS BOOK MADE ME FEEL SO MANY THINGS!! From squealing because A+ romance, to terror and suspense, and incredible sadness because of character deaths and things. Seriously, I was struggling to hold back tears while driving. I couldn’t deal (in the best way possible).
Connections with more characters
This increased connection to characters is the reason for the previously mentioned increase in feels. Not only did I have a deeper emotional connection to Shazi and Khalid from the first book, but I grew to love previously minor characters, such as Rahim and Tariq, a lot more. Not to mention how much I loved getting to know Artan and Isra!
There was a lot more focus on political scenarios and war in THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER. It was incredibly suspenseful. I was terrified for the characters and the world at times, I had no idea where it would go. There were so many twists and turns that surprised me. I loved it.
I kind of wanted a tad more magic
After teasing magic in THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, I expected there to be a lot more in THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER than there was. I mean, there was a hint of it now and then but I really figured Shazi would learn more than she did. It was a tad disappointing honestly.
Beautiful, emotional ending
Even if I wanted more magic than we got, the ending of this duology was still bloody fantastic! Emotions, twists and turns, good romance, and suspense. We had epic siege scenes and beautiful writing, and omg that adorable epilogue. I don’t think I could have had it wrapped up any better (maybe if a character or two had stayed alive and not torn my heart out)
THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER was the perfect ending to a fantastic duology. I loved the romances, the characters, the shocking twists and turns that hurt me deeply. It was everything I ever wish for in a fantasy novel. The only thing that would have made it better was a bit more magic and more time with the characters (the epilogue was adorable and I NEED MORE)