It’s not often that I’ll review two books at once but since I read The Wrath & The Dawn and its sequel, The Rose and The Dagger, in such swift succession, it makes sense to review the duology as a whole.
I had my eye on these books for a while after spotting their stunning covers in my local book store. When a friend from work announced that she was selling her copies, I dove right in. I raced through both books in good time, utterly immersed in the magical world that Renee Ahdieh has created within them.
The books follow Shahrzad as she adjusts to her new marriage to Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. His previous wives have all been dead by dawn but Shahrzad is determined to not only survive, but to have her revenge. As she tricks her way through her wedding night, she begins to realise that Khalid is not the monster she thought he was and things may be more complicated than she ever knew.
I fell in love with this book and its sequel for the rich language used. It was filled with great descriptions that transported you between the pages. Though I may have found some of the character’s actions frustrating, it didn’t take away from a enjoyable read.
I was absolutely swept away by the two books and would happily return to the world in a heartbeat. With hints of magic, it was an amazing fantasy to get well and truly lost in.
While I don’t want to give too much away in this review, I can say that The Rose & The Dagger was just as wonderful. Things got bigger, better and a lot more unnerving with the second book. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I read, desperately wondering how on earth things could be wrapped up in such a short space of time.
I loved these books so much that I’m actually on the look out for something similar to read next. If you’ve read any fantasies that draw on tales such as The Arabian Nights, as this does, please let me know! It’s been fascinating to read something that draws on a canon beyond Greco-Roman mythology or the Grimm Fairy Tales, which I’m pretty familiar with. If you can think of anything that fits the bill, tell me all about it (and why you love it) in the comments or tweet me at @thisnortherngal please.