Review: The Rose and the Dagger
First off, if you haven’t read The Wrath and the Dawn, you probably shouldn’t read this review, as there will be spoilers. Heads up!
The end of The Wrath and the Dawn was beautiful. Kahlid had me mesmerized the entire book with his mystery, and as layers of his story were chipped away and we began to see the lonely boy underneath, I think I fell in love with him right along with Shahrzad. And Shahrzad! Her character evolved to be one so cunning and brave, no wonder Kahlid fell in love with her!
And so The Rose and the Dagger picks right up where The Wrath and the Dawn left off, with Kahlid and Shahrzad seperated. Kahlid is desperate to save his empire, and Shazi is desperate to save Kahlid.
Meanwhile, Shazi’s father, Jahander continues to dabble with dark magic that threatens everything, while at the same time Shazi finds her own magic that just may save the day. I don’t want to give too much away here! But suffice to say that where The Wrath and the Dawn gave you a beautiful, mesmerizing plot with colorful and detailed world and character building (and romance!), The Rose and the Dagger just builds on that world and adds more plot twists and betrayals (and even more romance!). You really get to see more of who Kahlid is, and how much he loves Shahrazad, now that the mask is off and we know his story. And Shazi truly shines as a woman who can hold her own and fight for those she loves.
My favorite line: “From the stars, to the stars.”
My favorite visual: When Shazi flies back to Kahlid.
My rating: 4 stars
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