Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #2
Published by Putnam Books for Young Readers on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
Oh the joys of reading a series after completion! I was able to jump immediately into this sequel in The Wrath & the Dawn duology and I was not disappointed in the least!
As a reminder, this story tells the tale of a king who murders a new wife each morning at dawn and the girl who volunteered with vengeance in her heart, yet found something she didn’t expect – love. This sequel continues where we left off previously. I’m going to keep the details vague as to not spoil the first book in any way, but The Rose & the Dagger exceeded my expectations. It had that magic I yearned for more of from the first book. I mean, there’s a magic carpet, need I say more? But most importantly we get to see relationships in all walks of life grow and evolve. Shahrzad’s relationship with not only Khalid, but her father and Tariq all went through a lot of changes. And of course there is her sister, Irsa, and Rahim who had a blossoming love as well. The complete cast of characters was well rounded and added great dimension to the plot. And the plot! It had excitement, adventure, and even some heartache. I was so pleased with how everything came together at the end. Overall a solid ending to a fantastic story!