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The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 26, 2016
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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
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★ “Beautiful, lyrical writing combines with a cohesive plot, richly drawn backdrop, and just the right mix of action and romance to create an undeniable new classic.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist
“[Ahdieh’s] prose remains lush and evocative, ideal for sand-swept landscapes and racing hearts.”—VOYA
Praise for The Wrath and the Dawn:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 – Young Adult
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015
A Seventeen Magazine Best Book of 2015
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
“Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it’s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”—Publishers Weekly
“This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and … promises to become a classic tale of its own.”—VOYA
★ “Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author’s adept world building… a surefire hit with teens.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Renée Ahdieh's lush debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of The Arabian Nights, with an edge.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Sumptuous detail … satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension.”—BCCB
“Don’t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did.”—Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and The Young Elites
“In her absorbing debut, Renée Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written.”—Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth
“Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, The Wrath and the Dawn is a story I could not put down.”—Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner’s Trilogy
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (April 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399171622
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399171628
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL690L
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.88 x 1.35 x 8.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Renée Ahdieh once again shows what a fantastic writer she is, combining complex characters with a compelling storyline and stunning setting. In the first book, readers’ insight into Khalid was limited to Shahzrad’s point of view and while this helped in the mystery surrounding the enigmatic leader, I wanted a better understanding of his character. This sequel offers just that. After the city of Rey is nearly destroyed, Khalid refuses to abandon his people, despite knowing they all view him as a monster. He knows that Shahrzad is safer away from him and elects not to go after her, sacrificing the one person who may have given him peace. Though in many ways standoffish, Khalid shows an ability to overcome his former animosity towards certain other characters, but at the same time still holding others to a high standard of honor.
Shahrzad’s determined nature is a force to be reckoned with. From the very beginning, she’s demanded to be heard and respected. She knows what she wants and can’t be dissuaded from pursuing what she believes is right. Though she has come to love Khalid, she never wavers in her loyalty to her sister and her hope for her father. Although I really wanted to see Khalid open up more to his cousin Jalal, Shahrzad’s relationship with her sister Irsa is held in direct contrast. Their mutual openness isn’t always easy, but their connection with one another makes them instantly more relatable. As the first book is mainly focused on the growing relationship between Shahrzad and Khalid, we hardly ever got to see them apart. This concluding novel gives both characters a chance to shine as each begins to forge their own path.
There are several minor characters that I wished we could have learned more about. Most notable is Artan Temujin. Shahrzad meets him through a mutual friend and though he is tasked with teaching her how to hone her own magical abilities, it is his connections that give her hope that Khalid’s curse can be broken. I loved that he challenges Shahrzad, but his own story is left largely untold and his personality is so big, I expected the author to develop him more. Tariq, Shahrzad’s former suitor, spent most of the last book playing the part of a man scorned by his first love and bent on taking revenge on the man he thinks has stolen her. I immediately felt that Tariq had so much more potential and wanted to see him grow as a character. I was extremely happy to see where Ahdieh chose to take his storyline.
Renée Ahdieh’s series makes an excellent case for duologies and love stories that don’t involve love-triangles. There are some elements I wished had been explored more, mainly Shahrzad’s own magical gift and magic’s larger role in this universe. Still, not enough can be said for Ahdieh’s ability to write such an irresistible, steadfast, and moving romance.
I had 2 issues w/ this book. The constant “brat” or other similar words used to describe Shazi. It wasn’t always a teasing name either. New people had the same or similar words used. It got insulting & old.
My biggest is issue is...soooo many epic changes in this book but most are barely described/part of the book. Too much time was in the desert, but not enough details in surrounding events. Those would have been nice to learn more about if the story could move out of “40 yrs of wandering” in the desert.
The book is definitely worth reading due to its uniqueness. I know when I began the 1st book, I was afraid it would end up like a famous fairy tale. Thank goodness it’s not!!!
The Wrath & the Dawn wasn't perfectly plotted, but it really didn't matter, because the romance and character development really took center stage. Unfortunately, the weak plot became more apparent in Rose, which felt like it was dragged out for far too long. The least interesting parts of Wrath (the war, Shazi's father, Tariq's resentment toward the Caliph) were the major thrust in this book, and none of it held my interest.
Even the relationship between Shazi and Khalid felt lackluster. They had one really great scene that was full of tension, but after that, there was no spark.
The brightest point of the book was Shazi's sister Irsa, but (view spoiler) I'll admit that I would LOVE a spinoff about her. She's a fascinating character.
Overall, I wanted a lot more from this. I think Renee is a great writer, but I never connected with this book. I almost wish Wrath had been a longer standalone. This sequel felt like too much book for not enough story.
Shazi and Khalid are still adorable, and all of their scenes are going to make you swoon. Oh, and I love Shazi, I idolize her so freaking much; I just want to be her! Regardless of the situation, she always seems in-control and confident.
Bottom line is that this book is amazing and if you loved The Wrath and The Dawn, you're going to love The Rose & The Dagger.
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We begin with The Wrath and the Dawn. Sharhzad is a girl filled with hate, hate for circumstances, hate for her arranged marriages, hate for her new husband; and fear, for what will happen at Dawn. The Caliph (king) of Khorisan takes a new bride and by the next morning she is executed. No one understands why he murders his brides, whispers ruminate that he is a mad man, a boy king as ruthless and monstrous as his father before him. When he kills Sharhzad’s cousin, Shiva, she begins on a path hellbent on destroying him for his crimes.
What she doesn’t count on, is his kindness, his quiet, watchful nature. Shazi manages to intrigue the Caliph into keeping her alive past the dawn that no other bride has seen. And the next dawn, until it looks likely that he will keep her. Palace life is not what Shazi thought it would be. She meets new friends and new enemies, ever watchful and ever hopeful to learn the Caliph’s weakness. She finds herself reacting to him in ways she never thought possible, just when it seems that he might care for her, the guards come at dawn and drag her from her room. A silk cord is wrapped around her neck and a bag placed over her head. “This is the end” she thinks to herself. The executioner whispers a quiet apology and then lifts her by the silk cord. The world goes dark.
When she comes to, she finds herself gasping for breath, the silk cord, which had once been taut around her neck was loose, the Caliph was heard shouting at the guards and brandishing weapons, the captain of the guard gathered her into his arms and lay her on a chaise nearby. The Caliph profusely apologies to which she strikes him violently, and hoarsely yells for him never to do it again.
Everything Sharhzad thought she knew changes, little by little she lets herself fall for Khalid, the Caliph of Khorisan. The kingdom is on the brink of war, lead by Shazi’s former first love, Tariq. They will risk life and limb, family and friend to end the war and restore balance to Khalid and Sharhzad’s lives. But at what cost?
I thoroughly enjoyed this series, it was unlike any YA books I’ve ever read. Sharhzad is the heroine I wish I had known growing up, a great example of a woman who doesn’t need a man to save herself or her kingdom. Renée’s writing style was well researched, intelligent and thought provoking. I look forward to devouring the rest of her books!
This book was just beautiful written - I can't express the sheer brilliance in the description and absolute wonder woven into this story. I adored the love between Khalid and Shahrzad and actually smiled when they were finally reunited. I found Irsa a bit annoying at times but it was quite nice to have a bit of family relationships explored too.
It was a satisfying end to the story that began in Wrath with the matter of Khalid's curse being addressed and development of the magic hinted at Wrath. Tariq is soooo annoying and barges into any situation without thinking and actually causing so much trouble in this book.
A rather significant event happened near the end and I was in a state of shock thinking no that did NOT just happen but thank goodness I turned the page and read on and it calmed my anxious heart.
Magnificent and mesmerising, I can't wait for new projects from this author.
However, I will say that this book is, like the first, beautifully written. Ahdieh has such a way with words and that is really what carries this book first and foremost. There is a stunning poetry to words, which I loved. I also enjoyed the magical elements (would have liked more) and the setting is spectacular.
So, why didn't I love it? A few reasons:
1) The story is incredibly slow moving in the first two thirds of the book. Although there is a lot of talking, and thinking, the story never really progresses, and I was waiting with baited breath for something to happen.
2) To perhaps make up for the slow moving first and second act, the last segment of the book (just over 100 pages or so) moves incredibly fast. Like, I'm talking lightning speed fast. There were so many plot twists and turns in this segment that I was left thinking - why couldn't this have been spread out evenly throughout the first two parts?
3) Significant trials from the first book are accomplished in this book with relative ease. I'm particularly referencing the curse on Khalid from the first book here. Everything seems to slot into place and the curse really plays no big factor in this book at all. It's all very convenient and anti-climatic.
4) Strange and lacking character developments. Some characters seem to act ridiculously out-of-character, and particularly in the last couple of pages, characters are discarded, killed, revealed to be good guys etc. in rather implausible ways. I would have also liked to see more development of other characters, like Artan, or Rahim. The only two characters who maintain basically the same foundations are Shazi and Khalid.
Ultimately, I felt like there was too much to accomplish in this book, and that for only a duology, the book moved incredibly slowly to start off with. Although I enjoyed the ~girl power~ moments, all the enjoyable segments were segregated to the end of the book, at which point I had slightly lost interest.
The Wrath and the Dawn worked for me because it was a story rich with detail and romance. There were supporting characters, but the story was mainly about Shazi and Khalid. As a standalone, I loved it. However, it feels like the loose threads left by The Wrath and the Dawn needed to be tied up in a much more progressive manner, as opposed to what was presented in The Rose and the Dagger.