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The Rose and the Dagger

In YA Book Reviews on May 4, 2016 at 9:46 pm

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(The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

YA Fantasy/©2016/Recommended for Ages 11+

Publisher’s Information (Courtesy of Goodreads)

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.

My Thoughts:

Too often, the second in a series tends to disappoint. Not this one. In fact, it might even be better than the first. So many twists and turns and layers to the story that I just couldn’t read it fast enough. All the different story lines and characters intertwined and converged resulting in the most amazing and quite satisfying ending. It is just everything I could have asked for in a sequel!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

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