The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly.
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.
©2016 Renée Ahdieh (P)2016 Listening Library
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"Get this if you want the conclusion to the series"
Personally, I enjoyed the first book better. Because I love the palace and the focus on Khalid and Sharzad's chemistry. This is not to say that we don't get the chemistry on Book 2. We do. But not as much as Book 1 in my opinion.
On the other hand, if you loved Book 1, I think it would be a shame not to get The Rose and the Dagger. The author made me care for those two lovebirds in Book 1. And it was a joy to see how their story concluded in Book 2.
Just be warned that you might be bored with the first half of this book as it was basically a build up of the second half. On the other hand, the second half (I feel) is so worth it
"I wish I had read this book instead of listened"
I had just finished listening to The Raven King and that narrator was so talented at telling the story. Considering that these books are based on the retelling of stories you would think the narrator would be just as strong.
It was like going to a Jr High school play where the kids just learned their lines the week before. I was more forgiving while listening to the first book thinking she just had to find her feet but by the end I didn't even want to keep listening
The story and character development was well done, the story is what kept me listening!
"Good story - bad narration"
It was overall a good story with a solid plot which helped me get through listening to the entire two books. Honestly, the narration almost turned me off of wanting to finish it. The narrator actually made the story boring. There was little difference in any of the voices, if at all, and she spoke in the same monotone throughout the entire story. I think with the right narrator, the book could really come to life and make it a completely different experience.
"Started Out Strong But Ended Rushed"
All in all a pleasurable read, but I didn't think it quite lived up to the build up of the last book.
"story great, narrator not so much."
narrator was so not good it took away from the awesomen story. but worth the read.
"Well done conclusion!"
This was a great conclusion to the original story line. the narrator NAILED IT!! I wholeheartedly enjoyed this from beginning to end.
Just wanted to say that I truly enjoy listening to Ariana's voice. Which makes this story even a lot better to listen to.
This story was incredible, especially the scenes between shazi and Khalid. If you have not picked up the first book, get it!!
This narrator, oh man. She sounds like she's reading out loud in English class. I remember not liking her with the first book, but the first book was so engaging that I could ignore the bad performance.
I was so excited for this book. But in my opinion, it didn't live up to the first one. The last half was better for sure, but by that point, I was so bored and sick of the narrator, that I just wanted the book to be over.
If you loved the first book like I did, get the print version of this one. I almost switched to Kindle, but I'm blind, and the robot voice would have butchered so many names.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion to a great series"
4 1/2 stars!
There are mixed feelings from many of my book friends who shared in the anticipation of this book, after the great love and Splendour of The Wrath & The Dawn.
I listened to this via audible, and perhaps it raised my experience due to the great narration, but I simply loved this final conclusion to this wonderful series. Fantastical, magic carpets, magic. Perhaps it may have been a bit easy to reach its conclusion, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
I Enjoyed this audible version, it was a pleasure and an escape, and I couldn't wait to get back to this tale when I had to put it down.
"narrator is not good"
The story was great, otherwise i might have quit. the narrator was so bad it was almost funny sometimes. She sounds like a pirate when doing a rough man's voice, and doesn't hold a candle to some of the better ones.
The story was great though. Great ending, and worth the read!
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