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The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Goodreads SummThe 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.

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 So, before I get started with my review of The Rose and the Dagger I want you guys to know that I liked the series but this particular book didn't quite do it for me.  Let me back up....I loved the first one. I started reading The Wrath and the Dawn after a long reading slump. I read it in a short amount of time and really berated myself because I didn't read it when I first saw that it came out. I could not wait to get my hands on the second book especially after the way the first one ended. Now, I'm sad to say that the second book really just didn't click with me.

The writing and the story itself was great. I think that the author is a very great descriptive writer. The plot thoughts were amazing but I just could not get into it. I felt that it dragged sooo much. I thought that there was unnecessary narrating in some points. Also, I thought that a lot of secondary characters overshadowed just a little bit of the main characters.

I love Khalid and Shazi. The chemistry between them was really good. She was fierce in the first book but this one she wasn't as much. Which I do understand because basically she is torn between what is right and her heart. Khalid is.....Khalid :). I just love him.

Irsa and Rahim's relationship was very cute. There is something that happens but for the sake of not spoiling anything just know that my heart did break for Irsa.

Tariq at the beginning was a serious pain in the a**.  He had to have a coming to Jesus moment with Khalid to seriously back away.

Overall I did enjoy the story and I would recommend it but it took me a good minute to finish this story. The biggest part was the dragging of the story and the overshadowing of the main characters.

Rating? 3.5stars
Recommend? Yes

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