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The Rose & the Dagger

(The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  85,851 ratings  ·  10,310 reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2016
No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.

He was here to burn something to the ground.

A very worthy sequel and conclusion to this magical, romantic story.

I said in my review of The Wrath & the Dawn that I'm just not much of a romantic person. I hate instalove, most love triangles, and genera
Sabaa Tahir
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I wanted in a sequel. EVERYTHING. I don't know how Renee Ahdieh managed to make it even more amazing than the already amazing WRATH AND THE DAWN. Black magic, perhaps? Or maybe she's just insanely talented. Whatever the case, I adore this book. It's suspenseful, thoughtful, beautiful and sexy, a perfect follow-up to WRATH.

In fact, I think I'm going to go reread it.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: diverse-reads
“Cut the strings, Shazi. Fly.”

This review contains *spoilers*.

The Rose & the Dagger follows the aftermath of the burning in the city of Rey that occured only a week ago. Rey—and its ruler—are vulnerable. Shahrzad and Khalid are separated from one another, yet longing to reunite.
Going into this the only thing I was certain of was that I wanted a lot more of Khalid and a lot less of Tariq.

And it took some time to get to it, which I didn’t quite enjoy because Tariq continued to frustrate me in this
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this duology is its own magic carpet ride - full of magical lands, daring adventure, and romantic moments. just as obsessed with this the second time around.


YAS QUEEN! everyone bow down to the calipha of khorasan!

ahhhhh. this was so amazing! while i saw ‘the wrath and the dawn’ as a clever love story intertwined with nuances of folklore legend and mystery, ‘the rose and the dagger’ is a daring tale of adventure and reckless abandonment. two perfect halves to one incredible
Claudia Ramírez
4:50 AM, just finished. WHAT IS SLEEP.

Actual rating: 4.5 stars, for minor issues. I really loved this book <3.
Andreea Pop
4.5 Stars

The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns.

The Rose and The Dagger is an exquisite, superb, satisfying and clever finale. It will render you speechless with its intensity. Crush your heart a bit every few pages. Transform you into an addict of its gorgeous prose. But its true beauty lies in the fact that, somehow, you welcome it all with open arms.

If you don't get along with romance, shy away. Seriously, shoo. I'm just putting it like it is -- the romance and love story are
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
This review is about The Rose & the Dagger, but I can't help but dedicate a few lines to the tragedy that hit Turkey last night. A couple of hours ago, my cheeks were stained with hot tears, because this book was gut-wrenching. But even more gut-wrenching were the minutes I spent later watching the news and shedding more tears, this time mourning the innocent victims and the fate of humankind. Humanity is a strange species, capable of hatred, and capable of love. It saddens me that we mostly emb ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, owned, retellings
SPOILER FREE REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUv30...

I did really enjoy this one, not quite as much as the first one but I think it was overall a really great duology!
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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❝She belonged in a palace of marble and stone. A queen, in her own right. With a boy-king who loved her, as she loved him.❞

Rating: {★ ★ ★★★}
This was such a beautiful ending to a magical story. The Rose and the Dagger did not disappoint one bit. Although I felt that this book was not as great as the first, it was still every bit as majestic as The Wrath and the Dawn.

The Rose and the Dagger is filled with many twists and turns, swooning (mostly ov
Emma Giordano
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
The Rose & the Dagger was definitely a satisfying sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2015! It was so nice to be back in this beautiful world with some of my favorite characters. I do prefer The Wrath & the Dawn but I'm happy with the conclusion to this duology!

I chose to listen to the audiobook of this novel, which I think was a mistake on my part. This series can require extra attention when being read physically for me due to the flowing prose, so the detachment I sometimes get from lis
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★

Love gave life to the lifeless. It was the greatest of all living

I honestly don't know what to talk about because this book fucking ruined me and left me without any words to utter from my mouth. I'm not complaining though. It's such a best feeling when books destroy me and hurt me emotionally and this book also lived up to my expectations. I swear I was so terrified when I started reading this book because I liked the first book but I nearly did not
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Soooo Shahrzad is beautiful. Like really beautiful. Did you know Shahrzad is beautiful?
Everyone thinks about Shahrzad's beauty when they see her... She also has a temper but it's okay because she's pretty. Pretty. PRETTY!!!

So yeah... this wasn't for me.
Simona B
“I’ve missed the silence of you listening to me.” Shahrzad attempted a weak smile. “No one listens to me as you do." His expression turned quizzical. “You don’t wait to speak,” she clarified. “You truly listen.”

To make matters clear: if you loved or, anyway, truly enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn, then you'll love this too. It is everything a devoted fan could ask of a series conclusion.
My problem was -is- that Shahrzad and Khalid's relationship never spoke to me; actually, I think my appreciation
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
4.5 stars. Trying to decide if I want to round up or down, so I'll round down for now. VERY worthy sequel/conclusion novel.


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Book Two of The Wrath & The Dawn series
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Preordered copy

Summary (from Goodreads):

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
*4.5 STARS*
Mohammed Arabey
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Arabian Nights are fast thrilling epic stories mixing with a passionate love story, that really takes you a whole new world...

And this different retelling still one of the kind that worth your time..complete with Love, curse, Black Magic...

BUT it didn't live up to the epic that start building up in book one and its grand ending..
For a duology it could've been faster, more focused. yet book two's missing sparks..less magical stories..less fiery love.

The biggest reason of enjoying this book was th
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

A fitting conclusion for a book filled with cautionary tales. Full review to come.
May 19, 2015 added it
I just found out this is a duology. Good! My heart can't take another cliffhanger like that.

Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Possibly more of a 4.5/5 stars
I really loved this, but I don't think I loved it as much as TWATD.
The world building and plot and characters were still ON POINT and FAB, but things felt like they moved a little too fast and jumped around a bit too much.
Regardless, I thought this was a really solid sequel and I enjoyed it so much. Definitely cried a few times.
The writing was as beautiful as ever, SO GORG. I want to take quotes from this book and write them and
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

this book gave me aladdin feels

10/10 would recommend

but seriously SUCH AN AMAZING CONCLUSION HOLY CRAP. I think this is my absolute favorite duology ever.
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This was absolutely stunning.

It is different from Wrath, but I loved it just as much. It's filled with swoons and action and heartbreak and twists and I loved every single page of it.

Perhaps I'll write a coherent review when release gets closer.
Joelle (Throne of books)
Another one bites the dust.
To say I'm disappointed, is a huge understatement. Last year, THE WRATH & THE DAWN was one of my favorite reads of the year. This year however, with this sequel, it is being added to my disappointing sequels list.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it. But I did not love it. Once again Renée's writing is absolutely mesmerizing. But the story? Slow and a little boring. It wasn't until about the last 130 pages that the pace picked up and I started enjoying it a bit more.

Steph Sinclair
Stunning cover is stunning. I think I love it more than the first one.
Aj the Ravenous Reader

No, The Rose and the Dagger is far from being perfect but the prose is such a brilliant, beautiful narrative making this series an unforgettable, thrilling, adventurous, fantasy- romance. I savored every remarkable moment, every dazzling word and every stirring emotion in the story. It makes me want to sing Disney songs and twirl. It’s true, this series can be considered sappy, cheesy and even melodramatic but it’s just so beautifully written that it seems to have this disabling effect on me mak
Sarah DiMento
"Where is your heart, Sharzad al-Khayzuran?" His voice was course in its insistence.
In an alley by the souk. In a night of oblivion.
In the promise of tomorrow."

Initial reaction: Well, I finally finished this after weeks of reading slump. I'm giving this a generous four stars because I had some problems with it, but really really wanted to love it the way I loved the first book. Renee Ahdieh is an amazing romance writer, but a not so amazing fantasy writer, in my opinion. Nevertheless, this
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Give me a meaningful love or a beautiful death!”
Simply exquisite. A book of dreams,

This book utterly takes my breath away. The writing is beautiful and the story has depth. Characters are developped, there is sadness and despair, there is tragedy. There is also love, magic and hope. This is a tale as old as time that will always be timeless.

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. A

Jan 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Holy mf fuck. I am still trying to recover from this roller coaster since I just bawled my eyes out while reading the last 50 pages. Yes, the book has a happy ending but damn, that one chapter was sad as hell.
First of all, I already fell in love with the characters in the first book but this just made it better. KHALID was amazing in here and I also loved how his relationship with Sharzard developed even more and their scenes were absolutely adorable.
My favorite part is still the magic in this b
(I only rant. I don't write reviews)

And it's over. And Kermit (me) is in love.

This was so good. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me swoon. And now i am asking myself WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE NOW?There were betrayals and woman power and my son. . .my baby.(view spoiler).
And throughout the whole book i was like:

While reading the book i was constantly telling myself not to cry.Not to cry. Not to cry. NOT TO CRY.
We get to see Khalid show his
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3.5 Stars


“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”

Just like the first book, I’m conflicted. There were parts I loved and parts I thought were very unnecessary.


Surprisingly, I really loved the relationship between Shazi and Khalid. In the first book, I had a lot of issues with it ethically, and while those issues are still kind of there, t
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THE WRATH & THE DAWN and its sequel THE ROSE & THE DAGGER are available wherever books are sold.

FLAME IN THE MIST will be released on 5.16.17.

** Please note that requests for Advanced Reader Copies should be made through Penguin, and all other requests should be submitted through the author's website. **

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