“The Rose and the Dagger” by Renee Ahdieh

Star Rating: 3 and a 1/2 out of 5 Stars ☆☆☆ ½


I’m starting this review by linking the 1st book in this duology before we move on to book 2.

SPOILER WARNING – if you haven’t read book 1 first, I’d highly recommend it before reading this review.  This review will contain spoilers for “The Wrath and the Dawn”.

“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh

Okay, with that out of the way, let’s move on to book 2!

Synopsis:   This book picks up soon after book one left off.  Shahrzad is now with her family in a rebel camp on the border of her own country, Khorasan, and Parthia.   Her father is sickly after causing the destruction at the end of book 1, and she and her sister are caring for him.

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Shahrzad spends most of the novel trying to learn more about her hidden abilities and trying to figure out a way to free her love, the Caliph of Khorasan, from the deadly curse from which he – and the kingdom – suffers.

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Along the way, she obtains a few new unexpected allies – and certainly a few more enemies.  Between fighting for her love and fighting for her country, this book becomes more and more complex as it goes along.

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Opinion: This book is just as fantastic as the last.  Easy to read with an enriching story.

If I liked it so much, then why did I list it at only 3 1/2 stars? 

Well, for one main reason.  The book steadily becomes more and more complicated – only to literally wrap every storyline and detail up in less than half a page!

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Halfway through the book, the author introduces such an intense conflict between nations that it clearly should have led to an all-out war between the two.  And so, I expected a third book, as one does – just to deal with the war.  After all, wars are long, difficult, and complicated…

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And then, every… single… conflict… was resolved in half a page HALF a page!

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I don’t know what to say… other than this was SUCH a good series.  SO good… until she dropped the bomb on us.

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This series was too complex and fascinating to spend 99.99 percent of 2 books building up to – what amounts to – “And then -POOF- their lives were fixed and they lived happily ever after” all on the last page.  Disappointed simply doesn’t cover how I feel about this ending.  I feel like she gave up and threw it away instead of taking the time to finish it properly.  I’m annoyed.  Massively.

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Goodreads Link: “The Rose and the Dagger” by Renee Ahdieh

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