The Rose And The Dagger

The Rose And The Dagger

eBook - 2016
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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2016
ISBN: 9780698185906
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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Dec 04, 2020

Ahhh What a ending. No sad tears here just happy ones!!

5 million stars for the most sumptuous, beautifully written, romantic series I've ever read. There is nothing like TWATD, and TRATD did the story absolute justice and made me fall in love with these characters even more. I am so sad the series is done. I would have read 10 books about Shahrzad and Khalid.

Such a beautifully written book. At some parts you will cry and at others you will laugh your head off and get confused and questioning stares from strangers. This is one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend. Be warned, once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down.

Feb 18, 2019

The last 50ish pages of this book!!!!!

Jun 14, 2018

For the most part, I was very happy how this second and final novel of this series ended. The first 50 pages or so were a little slow, filled with Shazi's time in the camp and with her sister Irsa (who I feel really wasn't needed in the story, actually). I was extremely happy to see that Shazi had overcome all of her trepidation and uncertainty about loving Khalid. She completely embraced the fact that she loved him and made no apologies for it, and defended him with every breath in her body. This fact alone made the book work for me. There was also much more magic here- Shazi's magic carpet, Aten's fire abilities, Khalid's curse, and the magic book- all of these elements came together quite well, and didn't feel forced. All of the groundwork that was laid in The Wrath and the Dawn paid off. I also enjoyed Tariq's character progression, as well as Khalid's and Despina's. There was only one character I truly couldn't stand- Jandalar, Shazi's father. Everything he did made me want to slap him. The other gripe I have is that the ending was too short. There was a ton of action happening at the very end, and it just fades to black. Yes, there's an epilogue, but I really wanted MORE. All in all, it was a pretty fast read, and I enjoyed myself.

Feb 02, 2018

Honestly I just couldn't bring myself to really get into this book. It felt like there was a lot of plot movement and events but with very little character development, emotion, or even analysis. It was like each event was meant to shock me but I wasn't invested in the story. Also, the characters all seemed very 1-dimensional, like they had their specific personality trait and that was all that they were. Not my favorite read but it wasn't terrible.

Oct 23, 2017

Oh, Renee Ahdieh. You are a clever, evil person. I mean that in the fondest way possible, though. Much like “Flame in the Mist”, this book starts off slow. Almost unbearably so, in fact. That is, until the charm that encaptured you in book one reactivates, and you feel a rush of emotion and love for the characters and the book. This story really digs deep into the roots of Arabian settings and culture, and Sheherzad is as fierce as ever. I found a strange love for some of the characters I hated in book one, such as Rahim, who turned out to be a wonderful secondary character. The subtle relationships, like that of Khalid and Irsa. All in all, it was a very satisfying conclusion! Rating 3/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

In comparison to the first book, this one was equally satisfying to read. I adore the protagonist in her fiery devotion and selflessness, and the scenarios she is put in are honestly trivial. The plot is an amazing carpet of fibres and colours, blended with the characters' acts of power, love, hate, and more. I really felt it when Rahim died, even though I didn't think I would have liked him at all. He wasn't given too much background, but I felt it through Irsa's sorrow. The epilogue was adorable though!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 03, 2017

Wow this author is amazing! I am loving the story and world she has created.

Jun 10, 2017

As good as the last novel so I enjoyed it very much.

PimaLib_ChristineR May 19, 2017

While I felt that The Wrath & The Dawn was complete enough to stand on its own, it was wonderful to have this companion piece with a final conclusion. Ahdieh takes the typical teen trope: Good Girl must choose between the Nice Friend she's known forever and the New Bad Boy, and completely turns it on its head. It isn't that she discards the trope or the basic premise, it's that she makes it so much bigger than "which boy should I choose." We know from the start that Shazi has chosen Khalid, but now it's a question of how she can get back to him, protect her family and prevent a war. And we find out, that like real life, not everyone can get everything they want.

This has surprising moments of despair, and betrayal, that have lasting consequences, before we can get to happiness. As I said, in a lesser writer's hands, this could have been such a stereotype, but the writing is so fresh, descriptive and taught, that it kept me reading well into the night to see what would happen next. It's not every writer who could make you excited and surprised when a flying carpet, well, you know...flies.

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