Book talk: [ A review of The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh ]

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Author: Renee Ahdieh

Format: Kindle

Pages: 420 pages

Publication date: April 6, 2016

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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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. -Goodreads

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My thoughts

(If you haven’t read the second book, and you will continue to read my review, there might be spoilers ahead.)

“Be the beginning and the end, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran.”

The conclusion for Shahrzad and Khalid has come.

I’m still at lost in words after I finished this book few minutes ago. I didn’t anticipate that this was already the end, but every good thing must come to a finale, right?

After the great storm attacked on the castle of Rey, it became hard for Khalid to start new, together with this disaster and without Shahrzad at her side. He can’t fathom what he will do with it. While Shahrzad was at the camp after they escaped from the incident; she was now with her sister Irsa and her Baba. But she was in search for an answers and Shazi didn’t want to just sit and see the incoming effects of war between the two castles. She must be the one to take action even if the cost of it was her life.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh was undoubtedly beautiful. But I had to admit that almost 50% of the story was such a slow pace for me and I’m itching for the exciting parts to come, which showed at the 70% of the story.

But, the slow pacing of the story was easily washed away by my most awaited parts. And all the unanswered questions in The Wrath and the Dawn were now filled up by the second book.

The characters developed in the story, but not that as much as I anticipated. There were times that I became irritated to Shazi when it comes to her decision making, in short – she became selfish, sometimes. On the other hand, Irsa became strong and dependent through the progress in the story. Still, all the characters made an impact which I cannot deny.

But there was something in my head that needs an answer.

After what happened to the book, the story became unfocused on what really happened to Khalid. That’s it? He was already okay? What happen? Yes, I know he was now able to sleep. That the curse was already broken, but I need details of it. And it saddens me that it shifts its focus to the incoming war.

Still, I’m glad that I ended liking this one.

A story of love, truth, lies, rights to the throne and the urge to fight for the love ones. It is a good story to read and to tell a thousand folds.

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4 Stars

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