The Wrath and The Dawn #2
by Renee Ahdieh
Published on April 26, 2016 by Putnam
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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 second, and final, installment of Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath & The Dawn series was one I will never forget. It was action packed, surprising, and very bittersweet. We see Shazi fight her way back to Kahlid, experience Tariq find who he really is, and follow Irsa through her transformation from a meek little mouse into a woman to be respected.
I absolutely loved almost everything about this one. It definitely made up for my small dislike of the first book! It was everything I had hoped for with this only being a duology. If there was to be another novel in this series, I definitely would have loved to see more of the magical aspect! I was really bummed that it didn’t show Shazi really coming into her powers. We see in the end that she has, in fact, learned at least basic magic, but we never get to experience her actually doing it. When magic was first introduced in The Wrath & The Dawn, I though there would be a lot more of it. I guess that’s what I’ve come to expect from recent fantasy young adult novels.
I also thought the pace was, yet again, a little too fast. Now since this is a duology, which I didn’t know when I first started the series, it makes more sense that things would be a little more fast paced. However…I would have liked more action regarding the brewing war between Khaild and his uncle, Salim. It seemed to be over *snaps fingers* just like that.
But, despite these small issues, The Rose & The Dagger did not disappoint. The ending was absolutely heartwarming. I found myself tearing up from happiness when I got to the epilogue. Now keep in mind, this was *after* I stopped crying because of the heart wrenching panic I felt during the last chapter. I didn’t know what to expect because I had no idea what kind of writer Renee Ahdieh was. Was she the type to want a beautiful, happy ending for her readers? Or was she the type to laugh in the face of our sorrow? Thankfully she wanted to give us a happy ending….she just likes to see us suffer a little haha
And then, there’s all the plot twists. There were so many things I wasn’t expecting from this! Like the death of a character I was just starting to come to love. The twist with Despina being not who she said she was. That one threw me through a loop! I was shouting when that twist was revealed!
All in all, this book was everything I needed it to be. I am definitely recommending this series to everyone!