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The Sword and the Dagger

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  99 reviews
When empires clash,
a Princess, a Knight, and an Assassin
embark on the quest of a lifetime

During the time of the Crusades, an unlikely trio—a Christian princess, her affianced prince, and a Muslim assassin—embarks on a quest to the court of the most fearsome warrior the world has ever known, Genghis Khan.

A rousing tale of adventure and romance about three young
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Jessica Yes, this is clean for me. No swear words. It did have a faded to black rape scenes and a near rape scene for the female lead. Violence was touch upon…moreYes, this is clean for me. No swear words. It did have a faded to black rape scenes and a near rape scene for the female lead. Violence was touch upon but not overly glory.

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Jessica Yes, this is clean for me. No swear words. It did have a faded to black rape scenes and a near rape scene for the female lead. Violence was touch upon…moreYes, this is clean for me. No swear words. It did have a faded to black rape scenes and a near rape scene for the female lead. Violence was touch upon but not overly glory.(less)

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Drcong O '
Jan 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
bitch this cover and synopsis has me S H A K I N G

a Christian princess??? Muslim assassin???? embarking on a journey together to do some badass shit??????? BITCH, I'm crying I need this book immediately 😤😤😤
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

This was such an unexpected gem for me! I flew through the pages, and to be honest, I don't even know if I can fully explain why? I mean, I'll try though!

•The Crusades and Genghis Khan and that whole time period are horrible and also fascinating as hell. I mean, this book is not for the squeamish, but it also is pretty accurate from everything I have read about the era. In fact, I t
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher—Macmillan-Tor—through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You can also read my review here

“You are Christians, yet come to the aid of a Muslim.”
“You were the victim of an injustice. And justice is a concern of Christian and Muslim alike, is it not?”

The concept of this book intrigued me from the very moment I read the blurb. Living in a country with so many different races, cultures, and religions isn't easy. Since when I was little c
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

review to come
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of the most accurate descriptions of the Crusades period and of Genghis Khan is presented in this thrilling adventure! I loved all the main characters especially Elaine who is strong for her time, a feminist even, as also how she tried to navigate through a man's world. This was a very enjoyable read.
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I want to thank Tor Teen and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

I enjoyed this book, to be honest, isn't everything I expected it to be, but even so I think the idea of the book is very solid, and the author expresses with this story in a very informative way a historical moment of which personally I didn't know a lot about, so I appreciate saying that I ending this book being a little wiser, and although I'd heard it was slow I must say that for me it was ver
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC Provided by NetGalley for an honest review

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This was a fun read, mostly because it reminded me so much of another series that I absolutely adore, The Remnant Chronicles. I think that if you were a fan of that series, then this will be one you can instantly enjoy and appreciate. Aside from the similarities, The Sword and the Dagger was also unique enough to reveal adventurous story of its
Jenny Q
Holy head-hopping, Batman! This style of writing is just not for me.
Toya (the reading chemist)
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
“What kind of an ass sends a lock of his own hair as a gift?” – Princess Elaine

I was hooked as soon as I read the opening line of this story. Princess Elaine of Tripoli is the type of Princess who has defied the expectations of a young woman with her noble status. She is betrothed to Prince Conrad of Antioch, which is an arranged marriage that she despises. She’s constantly reminded by her advisors and lady in waiting, Margaret, that any independent thinking or reading is not only unbecoming of
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is the first book I've EVER had to DNF. Usually I try to push through it and get it done, but I just couldn't pull it off with this one.

I received an ARC of this book from a friend, and at first it sounded really great! Just from reading the synopsis, I could see there was potential for two of the tropes that I'm actually trash for: love triangle and enemies to lovers relationships. Like those tropes belong in the garbage bin, but I also belong there for enjoying them, so...sorry not sorry
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I have zero interest in the Crusades, so this could have gone in either direction: A total bore or incredibly well.

I was a fan of the TV series 24, which made me want to pick this one up. This book did not disappoint. I feel like it's an underrated one, but it's all personal preference and I'm always an unpopular opinion.

I really enjoyed the characters and watching them come together, despite their differences. A lot happens throughout the novel making
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
First of all - Thank you netgalley for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
I liked this book in a middle-east-ish way! I liked Princess Elaine and I liked that she wasnt whiny and was independent. I like Conrad and Rashid.
The characters and personality was really nice and thats what kept me going.
I also liked the whole Gengis Khan storyline and I thought this medieval kind of genre was very fascinating.
However, the book was too long - As in, there was always toooo m
Thanks to Raincoast for providing me with an ARC to review~

The time period? Beyond interesting. The concept of this Muslim assassin, Christian princess, Christian prince/knight trio? I need. Adventure and travel? Colour me intrigued. The execution? ...ehhhh.

“What kind of an ass sends a lock of his own hair as a gift?”

I don’t know where to begin or end with the characters. It was clear the author did try to make them well-rounded but they still didn’t feel real to me. I didn’t hate any of them
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t have enough words to express how much I adored this book. It will definitely be one of my 2019 top favorite stories. It’s so lush without being too wordy, the characters are amazing yet flawed, the adventure the unlikely three go on makes me wish I was right alongside them. And I was in equal parts happy and sad when the story ended. Loved it all!
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
May 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
Tentatively interested in this . . .

Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The Sword and the Dagger features an empire, a princess, an assassin and deadly court politics. So obviously it's right up my alley being that it's one of my favorite genres.

Elaine (the princess) is betrothed to Conrad (a prince) and she is not thrilled about it. But she is sworn to do her duty and marry him to unite their kingdoms.

Conrad starts out as my least favorite character. Can we say frail male ego? Seriously, he has a lot of hang ups about being undermined (and I do realize it's the tim
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Roll up, roll up for some good old-fashioned historical fun! We’re going all the way back to the Middle East during the time of the Crusades, for an adventure to the court of Genghis Khan…
This book had all the makings of a historical epic. What it turned out to be instead was something a little different. Hammering the point home on diversity and the importance of tolerance, we are drawn into an adventure involving a knight, a princess and an assassin as they attempt to reconcile their differenc
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
* Thank you Raincoast Books for the advanced copy, in exchange for an honest opinion *

RATING: 4.5/5 ⭐

This novel follows three main characters: Elaine, Christian Crown Princess of Tripoli, her betrothed, Conrad, the Crown Prince of Antioch, and Rashid, a Muslim assassin preparing to kill. They go on a dangerous journey, risking their lives and their kingdoms, for a chance to know the truth, while facing some of most deadliest warriors in the land.

I loved this book, it totally surprised me. I read
 ⋆·˚ ༘ * Annalise .ೃ࿐
DNF once I was able to read 200 pages. The Sword And The Dagger was not the book for me. For a book less then 400 pages, this should've taken me 3 days to read, but instead it took me more then a week to even bring myself to read the 200 pages. Honestly, the storyline bored me. The justification for some of the character's choices was dull, and I struggled to understand why they would throw themselves into chaos, and the whole concept was executed poorly. The supposed villains of the story were ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
--- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. ---

This book looked very promising and finally, I was left disappointed with my reading.

One can easily classify the book as historical fiction. Indeed, the author used many historic elements for his story. And in particular Christian crusades and the Mongol invasion in the Middle East. We feel that the author has done rather well his researches and the end notes show it very well. This is for me the only positive point of the b
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

DNF @ 29%

I was sorta enjoying this one but I'm just not 100% feeling it and I have so many other books I could be reading instead. This is purely historical, not historical fantasy like I was hoping, so I would caution those who are looking for more fantasy aspects in their novels to shy away from this one. As well, it was almost 30% into the boo
Kelsey Castro
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was really into this book for the first 1/3, but somewhere along the line it started to feel very unrealistic (yes, even for fantasy), the character conflict felt repetitive, and the plot fell kind of flat for me.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Christina Marie Reads
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! What a fantastic read! I absolutely loved how the characters developed throughout the story!
Engaging and exciting adventure.
May 05, 2022 rated it did not like it
This book is not it!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-young-adult
3.5/5 stars

This was such a fun read! The first line was hilarious and seriously just made me love Elaine!

Also, don't listen to the synopsis you see on the sites. They are seriously just not that great and don't give you a feel for what this book is about.

So speaking of loving Elaine, her strength and just wanting to be independent is goals. She strives to be her own person with her own rules, not "doing her duty" to obey a husband or men, even though she is the princess. The blend of Middle Eas
Sheila G
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


When I first came across this book, I was so excited about the premise. A Christian princess, a Muslim assassin, and a knight on some grand adventure sounded like a promising concoction of diversity to bring about a tension-filled plot. While the book certainly began strongly, I felt like the plot transformed into something very different than I expected. I did like this book. It, however, didn’t quite meet
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Set during the Crusades THE SWORD AND THE DAGGER is teeming with action and adventure as three unlikely allies—a Christian princess, her betrothed Knight, and a Muslim assassin—set out on a quest to retrieve a priceless artifact.

Arranged Marriages, Scared Documents and Genghis Khan
The story opens with an arranged marriage about to take place between Princess Elaine of Tripoli and her future husband, Prince Conrad of Antioch in hope of uniting their kingdoms—last two remainin
Kari (thedevourerofwords)
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*** Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran from NetGalley and Tor/Forge for review purposes. Thanks so much!

What initially drew me to this book was the title and cover. Once I read the summary, the historical fiction aspect drew me in, especially since takes place during the Crusades which is a time period you just don't see much of in young adult fiction.

Elaine is the princess of Tripoli who is betrothed to the prince of Antioch, Conrad, in
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An Emmy Award-winning executive producer and showrunner, Robert Cochran co-created and executive produced the international television series phenomenon 24, as well as the FOX franchise event series reboot, 24: Live Another Day. Cochran is also the executive producer of the successful television series La Femme Nikita, and created a limited series based on the Crusades for Germany's Tandem Televis ...more

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