The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

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The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Division 4 & up
Received: Library
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
5 out of 5 stars

The Blurb:
In the conclusion to Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn duology, Shahrzad finds herself in a camp filled with past friends and new enemies. While Khalid is picking up the pieces of his shattered kingdom, Shahrzad searches for way to break the curse.

Love was something that did much to change a person. It brought joy as it brought suffering, and in turn brought about those moments that defined one’s character.

The Nitty-Gritty:
I loved the first book in the series. So much so, I believe the words that I wrote about it were: I have become complete and utter trash for this book. That did not change with the second book. While it took some time to get off the ground (that joke lands really well if you’ve read the book), it picked up nicely and sucked me RIGHT back in. I felt like there were more twists and turns to the plot in this book, which made for an exciting ride. The new characters that were introduced were intriguing — I wish that we could have heard more of their stories. Actually, I wish that there just could have been more of this book. It felt so short for a conclusion to a series, especially one that I enjoyed SO MUCH. The length of the book was not a problem — everything wrapped up beautifully, and with so much excitement.

While this series started out as a re-imagining of the 1001 Arabian Nights folktale, the second book does not seem to be following that anymore. Renee Ahdieh has instead let the plot take on its own life, and the result is fantastic. She introduces a new culture, and of course new stories, and I’m smiling just thinking about this book.

Love gave life to the lifeless. It was the greatest of all living powers.
But, as with all things, love had a dark side to it.

The Verdict:
I whole-heartedly recommend this duology. This is an enchanting tale filled with magic and romance. Curses, fantastical creatures, magicians, spell books, magic carpets, and a love story that melted my stoniest of hearts.

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