After finishing The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh, I could hardly wait to pick up The Rose and the Dagger. I had been blown away by the simplistic, yet simultaneously complex nature of the plot, which revolved around Shahrzad (Shazi) and Khalid’s love, and the curse which had brought them together. The Rose and the Dagger is much of the same, yet now, as Shazi and Khalid struggle to find a way to be together and break the curse, the aspect of political intrigue has heightened.
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. (Chapters.Indigo.ca)
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This review contains spoilers for The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
“My soul sees its equal in you.” – Khalid (Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn)
I had heard many things – mostly good – about The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, so when I stumbled upon it at the Book Outlet, I knew it was finally time to pick it up and give it a read. And honestly, I loved it. For those of you who have read my other reviews/book discussions, you know that I am not a fan of YA Fiction where the romance overshadows the plot. In this case, however, the romance was the plot, and I found the entire thing very endearing. The Wrath and the Dawn does not try to be anything other than what it is, a romance peppered with secrets and betrayal, and for that reason, it is exceptional.
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
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