The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


Title The Wrath & the Dawn
Series The Wrath & the Dawn
Author Renée Ahdieh
Young Adult Romance/Fantasy
Publishing G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books


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.


“From the stars, to the stars.”

I didn’t know that this series was a duology, so I read with hope there would be another book following after. Alas, The Rose & the Dagger is the end of this beautiful story with its conclusion to the conflicts between two kingdoms and two hearts divided by love and war. This book started off with an epic vibe, the narrative flowed smoothly because of Ahdieh’s writing and ornamentation ( you don’t know how much I loved it). But I can’t believe, even now, that the ending is something opposite the first half of the book; it is childish, unnatural, unreasonable and fairytale-ish. So I decreased the rating from 4 to 3 stars.

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”

Khadid, my beautiful monster, is stunning as always; his character has improved and becomes more virile and cunning. Ahdieh presented him in a new light as though she wanted us to see this boy not only by his thought, but by his deed as well. Nevertheless Shahrzad’s characteristic seems to swing up and down all the time, I couldn’t fathom why she was quite annoying in this book instead of the fact that I really liked her in TWATD.

“No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.

He was here to burn something to the ground.”

Anyway, I love this book, albeit not as much as the previous one. Had this series been a trilogy, I would surely love it from the starts to the stars. TRATD has a potential to be big and epic, but the ending just ruins it all. Some characters are flat and some solutions are unbelievable.

The best thing I’ve experienced from this author is her writing and characters. The connection was there whenever I picked this book, and I was gladly to spend my time with the amazing series written in the Arabian world.

Playlist :
Fool again
Come back to me

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