The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

IMG_1889“That is not the way of it. Your future is not set in stone, my dearest star. A coin turns on itself a number of times before it lands.”

The Rose & the Dagger is a satisfying conclusion to the adventurous and romantic story of The Wrath & the Dawn duology.  Starting from where the first book left off, Shahrzad is reunited with her family at a camp in the desert, surrounded by those who are planning an attack on Khalid and his kingdom.  With a war on the horizon and a curse that may keep her away from Khalid forever, Shahrzad must harness her own power in an effort to put an end to it all.

The Wrath & the Dawn was such an enjoyable read and its follow up delivers a story with the same humour, sharpness, and interesting characters.  What makes this such an exceptional series is the quality of the writing with which the characters, the scenery, and the action are brought to life.  As was the case with the first book, I did feel the plot could have moved along a little faster at times, however it was still an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable read.  There is something about the world that Ahdieh has created that is undeniably charming.

“It was easy to be good and kind in times of plenty. The trying times were the moments that defined a man.  And love?  Love was something that did much to change a person.  It brought joy as it brought suffering, and in turn brought about those moments that defined one’s character.  Love gave life to the lifeless.  It was the greatest of all living powers.  But, as with all things, love had a dark side to it.”

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