Review: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)

I. Love. This. Story.  There is just something about Khalid and Shazi and I can’t get enough  of them. Even though this book was over 400 pages, I still want more. This was a beautiful story that took me on a fascinating journey. It was filled with angst, action, and magic. The characters were well developed and authentic. Khalid is still as viscous as ever, but his love for Shazi knows no bounds. He is protective and soft when it comes to her. But Shazi DOES NOT need protecting. She is fierce and  strong. Khalid and Shazi are on my favorite couples list.  I wish I could have witnessed Khalid with Jalal and the Rajput once the dust settled. I felt like I didn’t  get closure there. But overall I loved this story. I will definitely be #rereading.

5 stars


This story is a fantasy world so it requires some world building which can be slow, so when it took me a while to get into the story, one that I was hughly anticipating, I thought it was because of the time spent on development. After talking about it with Natasha though, I realized that I was waiting for Shazi and Khalid to get back together. The world wasn’t worth being in if they weren’t together. There was 40% of beautifully and wonderfully written torture. Once Shazi and Khalid were back together, the book flew by and was over long before i wanted it to be. I love Khalid who was softened by his unexpected love, and i loved Shazi even more. Her fierce, confident demeanor and sharp tongue were inspirational. I LOVE a strong female lead and Shazi is the epitome of such a character. Is it really over?

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