Monday, April 25, 2016

Early Review: The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2) by Renée Ahdieh

Title: The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2) 
Author: Renée Ahdieh 
Publisher: Putnam 
Source: Publisher 
Expected Publication Date: April 26th, 2016 
Pre-order: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: 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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The Wrath & the Dawn duology is my Mountain of Adamant.  It possesses a magic that pulls me in, taking me away from anything else I might have been doing, any obligations I may have had.  Unlike the sailors who fought and flailed against Adamant’s power, I went along happily with no struggle. Try as I might to savor this sequel, I couldn’t help but devour it.  The Rose & the Dagger is beyond thrilling.  Love and hate, betrayal and loyalty, heartbreak and euphoria.  This sequel is everything I had hoped it would be and more. 

Because this is the sequel and conclusion, I won’t divulge any details about the plot – but I will gush about the author’s writing, which is simply stunning.  I use sticky flags whenever I am moved by a line in a book, and I kid you not… I started with a new pack of yellow sticky flags and went through every last one.  This book is so richly detailed, with descriptions that invaded all my senses and utterly engaging characters. Characters that are brilliantly fleshed out and fascinating.  Whether they are the hero or the villain, you cannot help but be mesmerized.  I of course have my favorites, but for fear of spoiling anyone who hasn’t read the first book, I will only say that a particular couple has taken up permanent residence in my heart. 

This reimagining of A Thousand and One Nights is one of my favorites; and though this fantasy is in the young adult genre, please don’t be deterred if that genre is not for you.  This story is ageless.  My favorite quote by C.S. Lewis is, “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”  I believe mature readers will find that to be the case as they lose themselves in the magic of this world. 

An amazing conclusion with a perfect epilogue. Truthfully, there is only one thing I found fault with: the fact that it had to come to an end. 

A huge thank-you to the publisher for sending this book in exchange for my honest review. 

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)  The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)

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18 comments:

  1. I so need this book. like now. this first book stole my heart and broke it into a million and one pieces. It was so amazing.

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    1. You do! This book is just as wonderful as the first.

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  2. I'm sooo jealous! I loved the first book and I really want to get my hands on this one! :) The author's writing is just amazing and really captures that story so well. I am so curious as to where the characters are and what is going on! The ending of the last book.. GAH! :D

    Wonderful review ! *HUGGLES* Love you big

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    1. YES! We must discuss this series and all its wonderful characters! Thank you, Magen! Love you, too <3 xo

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  3. Ahh.... I loved that C.S. Lewis quote you shared. I have heard terrific things about the first book, and I think that this series sounds wonderful. I will add it to my big pile.

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    1. Thank you, Heidi! This one is worthy of moving to the top of that big pile! Lol.

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  4. So you know my story with this one, the first book never really appealed to me but you have changed my mind and now I am dying to read this! Especially now that I know it is a duology! I thought it was a trilogy for some reason! I CAN BINGE NOW! Love this review and cannot wait to gush with you.

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    1. I am so happy to have changed your mind! I promise you this is a 'you' book! I love it so much I will probably re-binge it with you! I look forward to the gush fest. Thank you <3

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  5. Anonymous4/25/2016

    i love that the only fault you found with the book was that it ended. You have sold me! Im off to buy book 1! Gorgeous review. :) -Jamie

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    1. That makes my day! I'd love to know your thoughts. Thank you, Jamie!

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  6. I so need to get around to this! Glad you enjoyed!

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  7. I heard a lot of buzz about the first book and was curious but never picked it up -- but your review of this sequel makes me want to grab it right now! xx Miki

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    1. Grab it up! Grab it now! You will devour it -- promise :)

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  8. Oh it's only a duology? Nice! I already have the first one, I think, so I'm halfway there. :D

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    1. Excellent! It's soooo good, Christy!

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  9. Ok..I can now add them after your reading your stunning review!

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    1. Aaaaahhh, this makes me GIDDY! Thank you, Kimba :)

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