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.