The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh (Book Review)


Publisher: Penguin
Page Count
: 420

After reading The Wrath and the Dawn, I knew that I had to read The Rose and the Dagger as soon as possible and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint at all. I am still not sure which one of the two I like better, because they both had their different qualities. TRATD was even more fast paced and it offered more insight on some side characters that I direly needed. I remain of the opinion that some of them could have been even more developed, but I am still glad that I got more than I did during TWATD.

Now, there is so much I want to talk about, but I simply can’t. There were definitely a ton of unexpected twists, new ships to ship and loyalties tested. All through that Shazi and Khalid remained the dynamic duo they were destined to be. I got invested in a side story just as much as I am in the Khalshazi love story though and it even brought me to tears at some point. Some of my Twitter friends can confirm how freaked out I was while reading this book sometimes. I loved how action-packed, magical and on point the story remained.

The thing I am most happy about is the fact that it ended on a good note. Inspired by a fairy tale, it became a fairy tale and I definitely wouldn’t mind having another book where Shazi just tells stories all day long. I think I want to read the novellas at some point, simply because I am not ready to let go just yet. I am sorry this was such a short review, but I didn’t want to spoil anything. The comments are as always free game though if you want to talk about something in more detail!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Even though I am still heartbroken, it was a grand finale to a fantastic duology!


Did you read TRATD? Are you happy with how it ended?