The Rose and The Dagger || unpopular opinion alert

the rose and the dagger.jpgTitle: The Rose and The Dagger 

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy

Status: Book 2 of The Wrath and The Dawn



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.


I’ll admit, I only heard about this duology after reading the reviews for this book. I decided to give it a go after Whitney fron WhittyNovels on YouTube was so excited to receive this book.

I liked the first book better than this one, when I actually expected that this would blow me off. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to properly say this without spoiling it all.

  • There was a death, but I felt like it was thrown in just because its the norm. I could have done without it, and the story would have been fine.
  • Shazi’s attitude in the beginning of this book put me off. I disliked her for a while.
  • In the end, the real issue finished very easily and without much complication while the book ended with the solving of a totally different issue.

Only Khalid was still the same, and I still liked him.

Overall, I didn’t like this book that much and I liked the first one better.

(This review officially sucks, but I can’t help it)



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