The Rose and the Dagger (Wrath and the Dawn Series #2)

The Rose and the Dagger (Wrath and the Dawn Series #2)

by Renée Ahdieh


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The #1 New York Times bestselling sequel to the breathtaking bestseller The Wrath and the Dawn

"A satisfying fast-paced conclusion, Ahdieh explores the difficulty of family, lasting loyalty, and love giving you a tale you won't soon forget."--InStyle

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594723745
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Wrath and the Dawn Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 52,058
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. The Rose and the Dagger is the sequel to her #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn.

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The Rose and the Dagger 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stayed up all night to finish this second book! Loved it!! Love to stored embedded within. Action, family, betrayal, hope romance and love.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series but sometimes that means Book 2 is a let down. This was absolutely not the case for The Rose and the Dagger. I loved the second book as much as the first book. The characters were just as engaging and the twists and turns kept me reading right to the end. I also liked the fact that the book actually ends. I crave closure (which was why The Hunger Games made me so happy - when it ended it was over). I was more than satisfied with the ending of The Rose and Dagger. I highly recommend this book and its prequel to all readers. This is a different interpretation of the Arabian Nights and it's one that will resonate with any young adult reader who loves magic and action.
MlleMScarbrough More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and complex ending to a beautiful and complex story! I loved the development of the characters and how all of the pieces were tied together at the end! My only complaint is that there isn't another full-length addition about Shazi and Khelid's story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
18876111 More than 1 year ago
This book was just as heartbreaking and beautifully written as The Wrath & the Dawn. I really loved how Shazi and Khalid's relationship developed. There was magic in this book, and I felt that it was explained very well and made sense. Shazi's sister was introduced in this book and I found the relationship between them to be somewhat complex, like a lot of sibling relationships. I felt that the ending of this book really tied the duology together very nicely. I can't wait to read more of Reneé's books!
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
4.4 stars! A highly anticipated sequel that won't disappoint fans of The Wrath and the Dawn. Filled with adventure and magic, this book was hard to put down. With so many twist and turns at every corner, readers will be left breathless. An unforgettable journey of courage, strength, romance and friendship that I thoroughly enjoyed. This conclusion to The Wrath and the Dawn is not to be missed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and fast paced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed just as much as the fist
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
Last year The Wrath & the Dawn blew me away. It took my heart in its hand and squeezed. For the Rose & the Dagger we pick up with a separated Shazi and Khalid. Shazi is back amidst her people, those who wish to bring down her husband. Khalid is trying to hold things together back at the palace, even as his relationships with the few he could call friend are strained. This novel did feel a little distant from the first. The first novel is very well contained in terms of its plotting. This one felt a little more all over the place. There was a lot going on here, and it basically all had to be established within this novel, other than Khalid’s curse, which wasn’t even as big in this one as I was anticipating. I did love that this novel focused on the political plotting as well as Khalid trying to escape his curse. We had a lot going on, and we focused on that rather than drama within our relationships. We never questioned Shazi and Khalid. They respect each other and they trust each other and it was just awesome. After all, there is enough drama around them in watching the other characters in the novel come to terms with their relationship. But even this is handled well. Of course Tariq, Shazi’s childhood sweetheart has trouble acceping this relationship. But this conflict, which I wouldn’t even really qualify as a love triangle, is how it should be done. It is all rooted in real circumstances and emotion. The supernatural element of this novel could be a little hard for me to keep track of at times, but it did keep me engaged. I was also excited to see Shazi’s sister get the opportunity to shine here too. Ahdieh reminds us that strength comes in many different flavors. The characters were just as strong this go-round as the first. They were personalities that put their money where their mouth was. It was great getting to spend more time with them, even if this go-round was a little more scattered than the first.
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
First Impressions I was super excited to read this book. As you can see from my review of The Wrath and the Dawn, the series became a surprise favorite of mine. When I had the chance to get an ARC of The Rose and the Dagger, I jumped on it. And let me tell you, it had ALL THE SWOONS! Characters I love Shazi SO MUCH! In the first book, she's fueled by rage, but now she's fueled by love. But at the same time, she doesn't get all weepy because she's not with Khalid. Shazi takes her and Khalid's fates into her own hands and gets. Crap. Done. No matter what anyone else tells her. She has a lot of people that care about her, but none of them really know what to do with her. My love for Khalid only grew with this book. If Kaiden Rowe hadn't stolen the title of Love of My Life, Khalid might just have a chance at taking it. You can really see how good Shazi's love has been for him. Writing Ahdieh's writing is amazing. It has this lyrical quality that many might find annoying, but just works. That is shown by the legion of fans that the author already has. I'm gonna be amazed if The Rose and the Dagger isn't an immediate bestseller. World-Building You'd think Renée would have done all the world building she needed to do in The Wrath and the Dawn, but you'd be wrong. The world expands a ton in this book. While it was already a vast world, we only saw a small part of it. In The Rose and the Dagger, the characters go to far-flung places and their adventures intensify.
thelonereader More than 1 year ago
The Rose and the Dagger, the second book in The Wrath & the Dawn series, was a great follow-up to the first book that left everything wrapped up nice and tidily in the best way possible. It was perfect all in itself, but I do believe that there was a bit of a lighter feel to the plot in general (though let's be honest, Shahrzad and Khalid were pretty much perfect - it's like their state of being). However, I'll start with the good stuff since there was so much of it. The Wrath and the Dawn left us with Khalid and Shahrzad separated, and The Rose and the Dagger starts off not too much later with them still separated, unfortunately. It sucks seeing them both apart and having to deal with their problems alone, but it's also interesting seeing how different they are when they're alone, and how their short time with each other in the last book changed them forever. I love the characters enough to adore seeing them on their own, but my heart was about to burst out of my chest the first time Shahrzad and Khalid finally saw each other again for the first time. Once the two are together again, readers get a ton of romantic scenes between the two lovebirds. It's been a while since I read the first book so I can't really say if they're more or less romantic than they were in the first book, but boy did I swoon at Khalid. He seemed much more comfortable with Shahrzad and also much more accepting of their love, and it was perfect seeing how much he cared for her, and to what lengths he would go to protect her. At the same time, he remained a true ruler and managed to put his country first despite being the endearing, overprotective lover that he is. While in the first book the focus was on the romance, the second book delved more deeply into the plot, which makes sense considering it's the final book in the series. The book was a whirl of read that I raced through - I read it in under four hours - but there's never a dull moment in the novel, and it lives up to everything that was promised. That being said, like I mentioned before, despite all the shocking moments that could not surprise you more, the entire book felt a bit less intense to me than The Wrath and the Dawn. Of course, this didn't disappoint me too much considering I got everything I wanted - namely, romance, great plot twists, new characters, brilliant betrayals, etc. - but it was something I noticed after finishing the book, and it's probably good information to have. That actually might be the one and only thing I didn't love about the book though. The beginning, middle, and end were perfect, though I admit the end could have been drawn out more since everything happened so quickly, but I also concede that the speedy ending upped the shock factor; it took me a couple of seconds for the text to get to my brain, and then I burst out bawling a few minutes after "the event" (that's what I'm calling it). Overall though, this was a lovely sequel that reads quickly and treats its readers with more swoony romantic scenes between Shahrzad and Khalid, though less than in the last book because, duh, they have more important things to worry about. Like war. I'd also like to take a moment to mention a new character, Artan, who has a flying servant, as well as a simultaneously hilarious, lovable, and grumpy and disrespectful when you first meet him disposition. I really wish he could have had a larger role in this book, but I'm happy with what I got.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***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 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. What I Liked: I already know that I have no idea how to review this book. It was utterly beautiful, just as breathtaking as one would expect. I knew I would love it, and I did. It's getting four stars from me, but my true rating is 4.5 stars. I am so in love with this duology! The story is definitely a favorite of mine. So don't mind too much if this review is short or vague or a bunch of fangirling! At the end of The Wrath & The Dawn, Shahrzad left Khorasan - and Khalid - and went to the desert, where her family had taken refuge. Her father was badly burned by a book of his (if you read book one, you know why). Irsa, Shahrzad's sister, has grown in Shahrzad's absence. And Tariq is distant, no longer the friend Shahrzad remembers. Shazi is determined to find a way to break Khalid's curse, and with the help of an ally, she may have found a way. Back at Khorasan. Khalid has been helping his city rebuild. He mourns the disappearance of his love, but a greater danger is looming. While Shazi is in the desert, learning her dormant powers and hunting for a way to help Khalid, Khalid is determined not to sacrifice any more girls, and to help his city recover. One of the best things that Ahdieh did was reunite Shazi and Khalid *fairly* quickly. It was about 150 pages into the book, so you could look at that as quickly or not quickly. I thought it was pretty quick. A LOT happens in the first 150 pages though, mostly on Shazi's side. Shazi is steadfast in her love for Khalid. Though she is in the desert and surrounded by her family that does not know the depth of her feelings for the "monster boy-king", she never wavers. She protects herself and defends herself and never stops trying to find a way back to Khalid. She isn't trapped in the desert (hello, flying carpet!), but she wants to return with good news for him. We are introduced to some secondary characters that I adore. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
If you read my review of The Wrath and the Dawn, you're probably wondering why I decided to read this one. In all honesty, I did like the other one, it was just Khaldid I didn't like. Now that we know more of the story, it makes more sense and I really loved this story. The Rose and Dagger ended up being a great close to a near wonderful series! This starts off right where Wrath let out. The land where they are is on the brink of war, but now Shahrzad is now torn away from the misunderstood Caliph. Now she's with her family, but her family doesn't know Khalid as she does now. They are still looking to bring death and destruction to his land. I think I loved this installment more because there was so much more action. My heart was thundering at the close of every chapter. Bur this is what made the book for me. In the first one, I wasn't as invested. But this one just has so much more. There was also more of the fairy tale with the "tattered old carpet," the magic, and Jahandar was being all stubborn. I think this one was better to me because it just contained so much more of everything. I also can honestly say I fell for their relationship more in this one. I guess because the way he originally treated her wasn't thrown in my face this time. And because of that, it no longer made me feel as icky as it did. And good thing too, because this one is a lot more swoony than I remember the other one being. (See I told you there was just MORE in this one.) Last but not least, I still loved think it was interesting to learn more about their culture. Every word in my ARC that was italicized I looked up just to see exactly what it was. That helped with my experience as well as my understanding. I encourage everyone to read a diverse book, if nothing else but to learn more about people different from themselves. The Rose and Dagger definitely caught me off guard. It just contained so much more of everything I had been looking for verses the first one. I felt like I was there in the story with Shahrzad, Khalid, and that old, tattered carpet!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
*The Rose and the Dagger is the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn. This review has major spoilers for The Wrath and the Dawn.* "The trying times were the moments that defined a man." Shahrzad has been separated from her husband as part of a misguided rescue attempt by her first love. Reunited with her family, Shahrzad's heart remains tied to Khalid as he struggles to restore order within Khorasan. The curse that has driven Khalid to take a new bride each day still looms over the kingdom while a darker, possibly more dangerous, magic unleashed by Shahrzad's father threatens to change the power balance throughout the kingdom and beyond. Separated by distance and circumstance, Shahrzad and Khalid will have to work together to end the curse and save their kingdom in The Rose and the Dagger (2016) by Renee Ahdieh. The Rose and the Dagger is the sequel to Ahdieh's debut The Wrath and the Dawn. Fans of The Wrath and the Dawn will find a lot to love in this action-packed followup that picks up shortly after the cliffhanger ending of book one. The chemistry between Shahrzad and Khalid is still a palpable thing. Ahdieh's lush prose and vivid descriptions bring the city of Rey and the world beyond Khorasan's borders to life. This story introduces new characters while also giving more page time to secondary characters who readers will recognize from book one. Parts of The Rose and the Dagger are wonderful. The characters have many thoughtful meditations on love and strength and what it means to be a person of influence versus an influential person. Unfortunately, these shining moments are tempered with uneven pacing, a slow plot that often meanders, and character interactions that verge on clumsy. The Rose and the Dagger is a fitting and serviceable conclusion to Shahrzad's story. One that avid fans of these characters will appreciate most of all. Ahdieh is a talent to watch. Readers should be eager to see what this author has in story for her next project. Possible Pairings: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Fire by Kristin Cashore, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst, Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston, Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Winterspell by Claire Legrand, Clariel by Garth Nix, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, Never Never by Brianna Shrum, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner *An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Utterly excellent and beautifully written
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 Stars Why, oh why does this have to be the end? I will never get tired of Shazi and Khalid, and just like with The Wrath & The Dawn, I wanted to reread this book immediately after I finished it! Renée really knows how to jerk her readers around and scare the hell out of them! I mean, look at my updates while I was reading! I was an emotional mess XD This is not a book that you sit back and relax with. No, no . . . while reading, you'd better have a box of tissues and some painkillers for the impending chest pains. Shazi and Khalid are still adorable, and all of their scenes are going to make you swoon. Oh, and I love Shazi, I idolize her so freaking much; I just want to be her! Regardless of the situation, she always seems in-control and confident. Bottom line is that this book is amazing and if you loved The Wrath and The Dawn, you're going to love The Rose & The Dagger. Read my full review:
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago