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, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2016
ISBN: 9780399171628
Branch Call Number: AHDIEH
Characteristics: 416 pages : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Rose and the dagger

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The Rose and the Dagger is a very intricately written book, with the story being on the border of fantasy and reality. At first the story was really confusing as the setting was just laid out and the plot was still developing. As the story went along everything changed from the characters to the... Read More »

Also available as an ebook or a downloadable audiobook. 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 th... Read More »


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RebelBelle13
Jun 14, 2018

For the most part, I was very happy how this second and final novel of this series ended. The first 50 pages or so were a little slow, filled with Shazi's time in the camp and with her sister Irsa (who I feel really wasn't needed in the story, actually). I was extremely happy to see that Shazi had overcome all of her trepidation and uncertainty about loving Khalid. She completely embraced the fact that she loved him and made no apologies for it, and defended him with every breath in her body. This fact alone made the book work for me. There was also much more magic here- Shazi's magic carpet, Aten's fire abilities, Khalid's curse, and the magic book- all of these elements came together quite well, and didn't feel forced. All of the groundwork that was laid in The Wrath and the Dawn paid off. I also enjoyed Tariq's character progression, as well as Khalid's and Despina's. There was only one character I truly couldn't stand- Jandalar, Shazi's father. Everything he did made me want to slap him. The other gripe I have is that the ending was too short. There was a ton of action happening at the very end, and it just fades to black. Yes, there's an epilogue, but I really wanted MORE. All in all, it was a pretty fast read, and I enjoyed myself.

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Nymeria23
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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 23, 2017

***SPOILERS***
Oh, Renee Ahdieh. You are a clever, evil person. I mean that in the fondest way possible, though. Much like “Flame in the Mist”, this book starts off slow. Almost unbearably so, in fact. That is, until the charm that encaptured you in book one reactivates, and you feel a rush of emotion and love for the characters and the book. This story really digs deep into the roots of Arabian settings and culture, and Sheherzad is as fierce as ever. I found a strange love for some of the characters I hated in book one, such as Rahim, who turned out to be a wonderful secondary character. The subtle relationships, like that of Khalid and Irsa. All in all, it was a very satisfying conclusion! Rating 3/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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

martha_w 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.

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mightyminnie
Jul 03, 2017

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

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happycanuck
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.

ArapahoeCatherine 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!

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