Book Title: The Rose And The Dagger
Book Series: The Wrath And The Dawn Book 2
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Date Published: April 2016
Summary: 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.
I wasn’t blown away by this book, unlike with the first book — The Wrath And The Dawn. I tried to read it yesterday but failed miserably. I didn’t quite get the same magic I felt while reading the first few chapters of this book, unlike with its predecessor. With the first book, I got so thrilled, excited, and fell in love instantly. With this book? Hmmm… disappointment washed over me. But I said to myself, I’d give it a chance — so earlier this morning I tried to behave and read through it. After 12 hours of this love-hate relationship reading it… well, I still loved the book as it is. I gave it a 5 out of 5.
Why love and hate? Love because… without a doubt, the book was written beautifully. It’s uniqueness has over shadowed everything I hated about this book. I like the plot, the settings very much!!! So why do I hate it? Primarily because it did have very little of the very core I fell in love with book one to begin with — Shazi and Khalid. It’s not just about them but this book has very little of them together in it… I fell in love with book 1 because of the two and all that is that they do and about this two. This book is well… very different from the first book; like it presented another realm or another story. It’s certainly is a continuation of events in the first book — and way much more. I know I’ve been speaking in tongues right now as I am trying hard not to spoil much but trust me… if you’re expecting a story much more like the first one — drop it.
Reading the first few chapters were like so painful for me. I’ve been waiting and waiting for that moment when finally I’d see the very essence of why I loved it — but I failed. But to its defense, I guess I have to suck all my expectations up and live with the story of the book. With so much effort, I finally got it and embraced this book for what it has to say. And truthfully, the story, the plot, the magic, the twists — I loved it. If only book one has not surpassed all my expectations in a book, I would have no reason to be disappointed or compared this book’s story with. If ONLY Renee chose to lengthen book one’s story as it is and made this book a continuation of all that there is in book one for a little longer then perhaps I would have loved this book as much (if it were at least this book became book 3). But no. I felt the story was rushed and was cut immediately. I wanted to see more of book 1! Is that absurd? Hahaha I wanted to be in that place, that time, and more of Shazi and Khalid than read a book that made me jumped into another story line whereas I wasn’t even through or satisfied with all that is in book one. But if I were to look all past my expectations of this book, without a doubt… This book is as much as beautifully written as with book one; only that this book was somehow rushed — and the ending has little to tell considering that it was what Shazi’s and Khalid’s life together I have been hoping to read in ever turn of this book all along. It’s like a chapter after another that I found myself hoping that it would be that chapter finally. But — no.