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The Sword and the Dagger

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  39 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 people
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Tor Teen
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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 😤😤😤
Mary S. R.
When empires clash, a princess, a knight, and an assassin embark on the quest of a lifetime.

Ooohh there's an assassin 😁
*sheepishly adds book without even reading the rest :/*

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 very unlikely trio! 😂
But it's actually a great topic for historical fiction! I LOVE how much more dive
Feb 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
When empires clash,
a Princess, a Knight, and an Assassin
embark on the quest of a lifetime

This is totally my Jam. NEED THIS NOW.

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 thi
Shannon (discoverelysian)
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 con
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
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
“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
This sounds all kinds of amazing and I need it ASAP
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?” 4

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
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
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!
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Yay for release date =D
Sounds great!
Jenny {So She Tries}
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
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
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
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
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.
Mar 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Why are princess, knight and assassin capitalized Like That?
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Was a little too slow for my taste, but overall fairly well written. Would recommend to people who don't mind books with higher vocabulary.
♠️ Tabi ♠️
May 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
Tentatively interested in this . . .

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
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebooks, young-adult
*** 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
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

Going into this book, I really had no idea what to expect. The premise sounded intriguing - a Christian princess, a Muslim assassin, and a neighboring prince forced together on a quest that may leave them bonding despite their differences.

Robert Cochran's author bio says he was a co-creator of the show 24, which doesn't surprise me at all. The plot of this story reads like it could be written for TV. It's quick-paced, for sure - definitely not of the Tolkien variety - but still intrica
Makenna Knighton
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-471
I was surprised that this is Cochran's debut novel because The Sword and the Dagger read smoothly, with good pacing for an exciting adventure story. The novel focuses on three main characters: Princess Elaine and Prince Conrad, who are about to enter their arranged marriage against their will, when the Assassin Rashid attempts to kill Elaine. Elaine, desperate to take control of her life, breaks Rashid out of prison and demands that he take her to the person who ordered her death. Meanwhile, Con ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran has a tantalizing premise and a beautiful cover, but the story is just okay. Though I wouldn’t call this a bad book, it just didn’t grab my attention the way I was expecting it to.

As I said, The Sword and the Dagger sounds like it has a lot going for it. First of all, that title! That right there lets you know that this is going to be a book full of adventure. Second, look at that cover! Isn’t that a great cover? I’m very intrigued by a book with that c
Joanna Bennett
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
eARC provided by publisher (Macmillan-Tor/Forge/Tor Teen) through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

The Crusades will bring an unlikely trio together. A Christian princess, her betrothed prince, and a Muslim assassin must make hard choices if they are to survive their journey to speak with Genghis Khan.

I had high hopes for this book since I love history and even took a class about the Crusade in college. Unfortunately, there were a few things I didn’t like and am sad I didn’t like it more!

Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
*Thank you to Tor Teen (via NetGalley) for approving my request to read this eARC, in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review. Every thoughts, feelings, and opinions about this review is solely MINE. *

This book tells about a diverse team up, a Christian princess who is set to rule her small kingdom, betrothed to a prince with an attitude, and a Muslim assassin. They are forced to work together as they go on a quest to face one of the most feared warriors. This event took pla
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc
I thought this book was a perfectly solid. With the exception of one thing that I will get to I felt that it was crafted really well. The setup of the problem, the inciting actions, are all perfect for teens.

The setting is something I wish we got to explore more in historical teen fiction. The crusades are bloody and terrible and this does a great job of examining them from all perspectives, without making one side look too rosy. I think information on this part of history is so necessary and r
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
A Christian princess, a Christian prince, and a Muslim assassin. An unlikely trio come together to form an alliance after an assassination attempt gone wrong. Elaine, Conrad, and Rashied set off on an adventure to seek out the leader of the new of an army that threatens the world as they know it. Traveling as embassies the three face hardships, prejudice, and prove that Christians and Muslims can unite for a common goal.

Sooooo this cover caught my attention. As did the description. This was suc
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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