Review: The Rose and the Dagger
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.
“A boy who'd thrived in the shadows.
Now he had to live in the light.
To live . . . fiercely.
To fight for every breath.”
Beautiful. Magical. The sequel and conclusion we deserved. I thought it would be impossible for it to come close to being as good as The Wrath and the Dawn but somehow it manages to surpass and exceed expectations.
The author has a way of captivating you immediately - reeling you into the story and making you so emotionally invested in these incredible characters that you can literally feel everything they're feeling. It's so beautifully written. Each character has some type of story and purpose, even the villains, and you never want it to end. Their emotions are on display for you to consume – the fear, the anger, the love, the longing, the resentment, the heartache….whatever emotion it may be, you feel it.
You eagerly wait and anticipate Shazi and Khalid’s reunion, waiting for the moment that sparks will fly and your heart fills with their love. Ugh. This was so well done. It's hard to express exactly how I felt reading it and finishing it, but I honestly just want to go back and reread the series again and again.
In terms of character development, Irsa surprised me the most. She's a phenomenal and underrated character and a part of me wishes we could see what the future holds for her.
The Rose and the Dagger had so many unexpected twists and surprises, the suspense building with every page. It's a can't-put-it-down type of book and although the ending was exactly what it should have been, I wish it didn't end. After finishing the series, I immediately purchased both hardcovers because I want Shazi and Khalid to live on forever in my home - I'm that entranced by them.
The hype is real with this book. It's pure magical romance.
“From the stars, to the stars.”