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.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Summary: In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
Review: I was drawn to this book first off by the cover. It is beautiful! And when I read the jacket cover, I knew I would love this book. I am now dying to read the original story it is inspired by. Almost from the beginning I really loved the main character, Shahrzad. I did struggle a bit with the names at first because some were a little bit similar and I have no idea how to pronounce some of them. But I quickly got over that once the story developed more. I was totally intrigued by the reason all of Caliph’s brides died the morning after their wedding. I needed to find out the reason. I was completely drawn to Khalid the more he was in the story. I found myself pulling for him so hard even though there was something obviously wrong about why his wives always had to die. I don’t want to give anything away but there are some great developments in the plot that will keep you hooked for the entire book and more. I finished this book over a week ago and still find myself thinking about it. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out!