The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Published April 26th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Goodreads 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.
Review: This book was one of my most anticipated of 2016! I absolutely loved The Wrath & the Dawn so I couldn’t wait to find out what else was in store for Shazi and Khalid. I was a little worried that my high expectations would end up causing me to be disappointed. I was not disappointed at all! It was really interesting to see Shazi discover more of who she is and what she is capable of. There was a lot of heartbreaking emotion in this book. I don’t want to say too much more because it would give away the ending. But I really loved the conclusion to this duology. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.