It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake—the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury—who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.
Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn't know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn't she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife's chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.
The city of Rey is burning. With smoke billowing, fires blazing and his people fleeing, Khalid races back to defend his city, and protect his queen. But Khalid is too late to do either. He and his men arrive to find the city in ruins, nothing but a maze of destruction, and Shahrzad is gone. But who could have wrought such devastation? Khalid fears he may already know the answer, the price of choosing love over the people of Rey all too evident.
The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
I enjoyed reading these books so much! The short stories gave us looks into the series, like Jalah and Despina's relationship, what Khalid was thinking when he met Shahrzad, and how he came upon his city after the destruction. Yeah. Pretty important bits!
I enjoyed having some new character's POV's in the short stories and The Rose & the Dagger, because I don't think all of these characters had sections in The Wrath & the Dawn. It just deepened our understanding of this world, and what was going on, so I loved them!
Of course, The Rose & the Dagger has the fall out to deal with, and these characters have changed. Like Shahrzad's magic, which she plays around with in this book, and it becomes pretty important! As well, there's a new character, and I enjoyed how that all played out!
The ending was pretty epic! It hurt, because there was losses, and some characters made some bad decisions, but in the end, those that we have been rooting for, had some pretty bright futures, and I loved the short look we got of them!
Loved reading these books, and I can't wait to read more by Renee Ahdieh!
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #0.25, 0.5, 1.5, 2
Read: September 24th, 24th, 24th, 24th, 2016
Source: Tuebl, Free
Reason Why: Love her writing! And they're 2016 Retelling Reading Challenge Books, Historical Fiction 2016 Books, and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books, and The Rose & the Dagger are End of Series 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: March 22nd 2016, March 1st 2016, April 26th 2016, April 26th 2016
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