Book Review: The Rose and The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

My Rating:★★★★★

My songs: Demons (Imagine Dragons Cover) by Khaled Siddiq & Siedd

These songs are personal to me, they remind me of this book (they may be songs that were popular during the time that I read this, with lyrics that relate to this book or it might just be random)

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This book had the perfect mix of fantasy, fighting and romance to please me. This is book the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn and continues Shahrzad and Khalid’s story. (You probably shouldn’t read this review if you haven’t read The Wrath and The Dawn yet). The book starts off with Shahrzad being sent to a desert tribe whilst Khalid and his kingdom is in devastation after being struck by a storm; This storm caused by Jahandar in order to save his daughter. Shahrzad tries to break the curse that imprisons Khalid. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner herself by the people in the tribe as Tariq is set on destroying Khalid’s empire. She often creeps off into the night causing suspicion in the camp. during her nightly excursions, Shahrzad tries to find a cure for the curse whilst journeying to faraway lands with the help of her magic carpet. Shahrzad uses her magic carpet that was gifted to her by Musa to visit Khalid when she is on her nightly excursions however no one knows about the magic carpet apart from Khalid (after visiting him the first time) The whole story was gripping, with plot twists at unexpected places.

I was so glad I bought this book this with the first one otherwise I would have had to wait another week to find out what happens in the story! I loved how in this book, stories were weaved into stories to help build the scene and the background of the characters. Who doesn’t love a good story in a story? In some places, I think it was a little difficult to follow but if I relayed what had just happened I could understand the plot line. I loved how the story kind of morphed slowly to fit the ending and the BOOM plot twist. On that note, the plot twists in this!!! I was definitely not expecting them- my reactions to them were usually screaming or shouting (very passionately).

I don’t think that this book was as amazing as the first but it still deserves 5 stars. I think the only reason I didn’t like as much this was because the other book had so much more passion. Okay this book still had spiritedness but I kind of liked the war waging in Shahrzad’s mind against herself (Okay I’m contradicting myself… I said I didn’t like it before but I think that actually added to the first book much more).

I loved the fight scenes in this. I love fight scenes in any book and personally, I don’t think there are enough fight scenes in YA books. The consequences of these fights were just… wow. The aftermath of these fights were a mess (in a good way, well it wasn’t good in the fictional world but writing-wise it was good). I enjoyed the confusion and chaos after these fights, I don’t think that was the aim but I liked it.

Some characters come to light in this book and are developed further. Despina and Irsa are quite important in this book and their characters are discovered more. Shahrzad also learns more about herself in this book and Khalid does too. Tariq changes in this book, many things happen to him and I think he changes as a person. We also meet some new characters in this book.

Overall, I incredibly enjoyed this book. There were so many unexpected turns, some of them were truly shocking. Many of the characters changed in this book (not necessarily positively)… Anyway, you should definitely read this book. It’s an exciting read that excites and intrigues. I have no idea what book I will do next so yeah. I’ll probably review a book I have read before. Also, make sure you follow my blog and my Twitter @diarybookaddict!

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