The spellbinding tale that started with The Wrath and The Dawn draws to an epic conclusion with Shahrzad risking everything to save the love of her life in a time thick with distrust and lands on the cusp of war ...
“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”
The Rose and the Dagger is a book that brings you along on the journey and will not let you go until you have devoured its pages. With each passage you can see the development of each of the characters translated effortlessly through words and actions. Even the sub-characters have strong development arcs and their interactions and contribution to each other are profound in their own dynamics. It really is nice to see how each of the characters face their individual struggles and band together for the greater good. The relationships were pure gold, I kid you not!
“No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.
He was here to burn something to the ground.”
― Renee Ahdieh, The Rose & the Dagger
Ahdieh's writing flows as beautifully as poetry and is beautifully crafted. There are so many quotable passages and dialogues that leave your soul in a cascade of emotion. That being said, her writing isn't merely poetic for the sake of it.
Another aspect that I adore is the way she richly infuses her surroundings into the narrative. Honestly, it's difficult to coherently express just how wonderfully the characters are fleshed out and masterfully the settings are blended into the story without experiencing this book for yourself!
While this book does have its flaws I am willing to set those aside, because it most definitely makes up for it with its wildly romantic and wonderfully lush atmosphere. This seriously makes me both so happy and warm inside, but deeply sad that it's come to a close. I highly highly hiiiiiighly recommend you pick this up!