The Rose & the Dagger

The Rose & the Dagger

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In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her in an attempt to break Khalid's curse, save the empire, and reunite with her one true love.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2016
ISBN: 9780147513861
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ahd
Description: 416,12 pages : map ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Rose and the dagger


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Feb 02, 2018

Honestly I just couldn't bring myself to really get into this book. It felt like there was a lot of plot movement and events but with very little character development, emotion, or even analysis. It was like each event was meant to shock me but I wasn't invested in the story. Also, the characters all seemed very 1-dimensional, like they had their specific personality trait and that was all that they were. Not my favorite read but it wasn't terrible.

Oct 23, 2017

In comparison to the first book, this one was equally satisfying to read. I adore the protagonist in her fiery devotion and selflessness, and the scenarios she is put in are honestly trivial. The plot is an amazing carpet of fibres and colours, blended with the characters' acts of power, love, hate, and more. I really felt it when Rahim died, even though I didn't think I would have liked him at all. He wasn't given too much background, but I felt it through Irsa's sorrow. The epilogue was adorable though!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 07, 2017

Readers who enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn will probably be satisfied by this conclusion to the duology. I loved the supporting characters, and I appreciate that Ahdieh struck a nice balance between having a complex and interesting plot without teetering over the line into the territory of the book being too complicated and overstuffed for its own good. (This is a common issue I have with some teen fantasy, and so I always appreciate books that feel like they are exactly the right length with just the right amount of plot for their page count.) I still have a slight issue with the basic premise of this series – I’m all for humanizing villains in retellings, but I think it needs to be noted that Khalid stopped killing his wives only when he fell in love with one of them (WTF, dude?), and that just feels morally squishy to me — but when I set that quibble aside, I think this two-book story was fairly strong YA fantasy.

Jul 03, 2017

Wow this author is amazing! I am loving the story and world she has created.

Jun 10, 2017

As good as the last novel so I enjoyed it very much.

PimaLib_ChristineR May 19, 2017

While I felt that The Wrath & The Dawn was complete enough to stand on its own, it was wonderful to have this companion piece with a final conclusion. Ahdieh takes the typical teen trope: Good Girl must choose between the Nice Friend she's known forever and the New Bad Boy, and completely turns it on its head. It isn't that she discards the trope or the basic premise, it's that she makes it so much bigger than "which boy should I choose." We know from the start that Shazi has chosen Khalid, but now it's a question of how she can get back to him, protect her family and prevent a war. And we find out, that like real life, not everyone can get everything they want.

This has surprising moments of despair, and betrayal, that have lasting consequences, before we can get to happiness. As I said, in a lesser writer's hands, this could have been such a stereotype, but the writing is so fresh, descriptive and taught, that it kept me reading well into the night to see what would happen next. It's not every writer who could make you excited and surprised when a flying carpet, well, you know...flies.

Overall I was quite satisfied with this book, it had a compelling and gave a unique twist to the original story of One thousand and one nights. The pacing was a bit slow for me, since it's quite a big novel.
I personally liked characters like Shazi's younger sister and how the plot also focused more than just the two main characters. The new characters were mysterious and definitely added solid extra material. This book has decent romance, adventure and action. I really liked the ending too as it solidly wrapped up the story. There are also some really good elements of plot twist though out to keep the reader alert and engaged.
I think that the book could honestly have some parts of it cut out and the story would have relatively stayed the same. There are still some unanswered questions too that need some explaining. And even though the epilogue was a nice finishing touch, I still hoped that there could be a bit more clarification for certain events for minor characters like Shazi's father and Tariq.
I rate this book as decent
- V.D

it was amazing,

overview: in a land that is on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn away from her husband Khalid the Caliph or Khorasan. her husband was cursed by a man. Shahrzad makes it her duty to break the curse and find her way back to her to her love again. but there are new threats at every corner.

what I liked: the writing was amazing, the plot line took twists and turns on every corner!

what I disliked: there was no glossary, some of the words used were not understandable.

this book is awesome for those who are into myths and legends. I personally am fascinated by that kind of stuff. this story is supposed to be about the one thousand and one nights. ( Arabian legend.) I also recommend reading the first book( the wrath and the dawn by Renee Ahdieh) first and then picking this one upon because then the story makes more sense.

I highly recommend this book! if you are into the myths and legends.

- Review from Fleetwood teen A.P.

AL_CATHERINE Dec 15, 2016

This is one of those rare but delightful examples of a sequel that is even better than the first book. Adieh writes fantasy beautifully! I loved the world, magic, and strong characters!

Jul 18, 2016

This sequel was even better than the first book, which is pleasantly surprising for a sequel. The characters shone in their fully glory, and if a great set of characters is not enough to entice you, there are also great action sequences and a few plot twists here and there. I'm incredibly glad the series ended on such a good note.

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