on April 26, 2016
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Also in this series: The Wrath and the Dawn
Also by this author: The Wrath and the Dawn
The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.
The Wrath & the Dawn was such a surprising treat last year. It was captivating, sexy, and unique. I’ve been looking forward to The Rose & the Dagger ever since. I’m happy to say it did not disappoint.
The Wrath & the Dawn certainly left us hanging. The book was a whirlwind and then it was just…over. I somehow managed to survive the year long wait to see what was to become of Shazi and her boy King.
The Rose & the Dagger sweeps you right back into the action. It took me a little while to catch up and remember all the happenings of the first book. I have major mom brain. Once I felt settled in the world again, the book was hard to put down.
Shazi is as fierce and wonderful as ever. She is such an incredibly strong character. I love that she doesn’t come across as too hard. It makes it so easy to love her. Her sister also played a large role in this one. It was nice seeing her come into her own and grow.
Khalid was just as swoon worthy as before, as well. There wasn’t as many steamy scenes but their chemistry jumped off the page. I really had no idea how all their issues were going to get resolved but everything came together well.
Action, magic, and betrayal abound in The Rose & the Dagger. I loved immersing myself in this world. The ending of Shazi and Khalid was very satisfying without being tidy at all. These two books are fantastic and I highly recommend them.