The Rose and the Dagger

The Rose and the Dagger


Title: The Rose and the Dagger

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #2

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: April 26th 2016

Rating:

Five Stars

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

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.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Mini Reviews: The Moth and the Flame | The Crown and the Arrow | The Mirror and the Maze

April-May Book Haul, #1


Title: The Moth and the Flame | The Crown and the Arrow | The Mirror and the Maze

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #0.25 | #0.5 | #1.5

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: March 22nd 2016 | March 1st 2015 | April 26th 2016

Rating:

Four Stars

It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake – the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury – who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.

– The Moth and the Flame blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn’t know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn’t she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife’s chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.

– The Crown and the Arrow blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

The city of Rey is burning. With smoke billowing, fires blazing and his people fleeing, Khalid races back to defend his city, and protect his queen. But Khalid is too late to do either. He and his men arrive to find the city in ruins, nothing but a maze of destruction, and Shahrzad is gone. But who could have wrought such devastation? Khalid fears he may already know the answer, the price of choosing love over the people of Rey all too evident.

– The Mirror and the Maze blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn


Title: The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #1

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: May 12th 2015

Rating:

Five Stars

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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