Hello everyone! So first things my giveaway for a signed copy of the Last Star by Rick Yancey (here) closes later today and I look forward to announcing the winner tomorrow with my Top Ten Tuesday post! So get your last minute entries in! That said yesterday I finished a book I had been highly anticipating since January of this year when I finished the first book, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (review). I was so enthralled when I finished that book that I was dying to get my hands on the sequel in the duology, The Rose and theDagger. When it came out I was in a bit of a slump/behind on some reading and couldn't dive right in, that and I was planning to read it with a friend. But now that I have finished it I can't wait to discuss it and share all my feels. If you haven't yet read the first book I highly suggest you do before continuing reading this review or you will be spoiled.
All the feels! OMG I am in love! All the things I loved about the first book with the beautiful writing, complex characters, and enticing storyline all continued into the sequel but this time they were upped another notch even I didn't think was possible. This book will rip out your heart and punch you in the feels hard several times. I remember reading and feeling my heart literally pounding in my chest. I also read most of this while at work so I would have to read something that made me want to cry and have to suck it up, no crying at work. I had read the novellas released up to this point which only amped up my desire to read more.
Shazi and Khalid. They are…epic. I love them so much. They went through so much to get where they were and now they are seperated and neither wants it but both are looking after the people of Khorasan and the curse set on them. Khalid misses her terribly and he hates what has happened to his people. Shazi is a captive almost in the camp of her first love, the man trying to bring down her husband and true love for the wrongs he has done that she can't explain. She has her family, her father and sister back but still she wants to find a way to break the curse and save the people before more destruction happens, but most find a way back to the man she loves.
Shazi is pretty much a badass because not only is she faced with so many obstacles she also has her internal ones as well, ie her temper. But she doesn't let anything stop her. Khalid you just fall more in love unsure how you could ever have thought anything less of him. The love he has for her is so rare and true it's impossible to not see and feel. Still as he loves Shazi he also loves his people and wishes to do anything he can to help them or let those he is close to think he is a monster, OMG his fight with one person in particular wrecked me.
The magic in the first book is small but builds along with the magical tales she weaves and with this one they grow. Shazi understands she has power and looks to learn more to the purpose of breaking the curse. We get more about Khalids old tutor and his magic carpet, I'm in the mood to put in my Aladdin DVD as I type this. Yep solves it I' watching that tonight! We make even more friends along the way and discover more about old ones as well. I really liked getting to know her sister some more in all of this. Her first love, Tariq, literally built an army to save her but even he can see he wasn't saving her in the end but that she loved the monster boy-king and having to stay in the same camp, to interact knowing that was as tense and awkward as you would imagine.
So much is happening in this book. There is something for everyone and it will make your heart race, break, soar, and more. It was a never ending thrill ride and I was sad to have reached the end because while I am beyond satisfied with the story it has played out in my heart and mind I don't want it to be over. I want more of this beautiful world and writing. But this was a duology and it was perfect. I couldn't ask for anything more.
That's it for this one. PLEASE share your thoughts and feels in the comments below because I am dying to discuss this book. What did you think of the ending?
Until next time…