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?

17 thoughts on “The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh (Book Review)

  1. So glad to see you like it as much as I do! TRATD is completely spot-on. A lot of romance and actions and of course magic 😉 I agree with u, there are more spots for side characters here than TWATD, I’m glad to see Shazi’s sister here!

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  2. Omg YAYYYY I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I absolutely adored this one. It had just the right amount of everything, pretty much? And although I’m really sad about how it’s the end of everything, I must admit that it’s kind of better this way? It finished really well and another book might’ve not suited the storyline. The Rose and the Dagger was so good! Love your review, Kat. ❤

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    • I totally get what you mean by saying that it’s probably for the better that there isn’t another book. I think it’s quite refreshing to read a duology ever now and then 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by, Analee! ❤

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