“n 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.”
I may get abit of hate for saying this, but i did not love this book. Actually, if i’m going to be really honest, i was bored for a long part of it. I had a really hard time getting into this sequel and i think it was mostly because of how annoying Tariq is. i really didn’t like his character and for a little while Shahrzad is kind of stuck with him. I really was hoping for more Shazi and Khalid moments. The one we got were absolutely perfect, but we sure didn’t get enough. Shazi is still her amazing self. I love her. She smart and fierce, ready to do anything for the boy she loves. We get the POVs of many side characters, but i think some of them were not really usefull. The ending felt abit rushed, but the epilogue was cute and it made me smile. I think Ahdieh is a fantastic writer, her descriptions are beautiful. i can’t wait to read more of her work and see what she will create next.
Overall, i can easily see why people LOVE this duology. I did enjoy most of it. The first book was incredible, but this sequel didn’t have the same impact on me. It was okay, but i was hoping for more.
The Rose and the Dagger : 3/5