This Wednesday I am waiting for The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdeih, releasing May 3rd.
Here is the full summary by goodreads:
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.
Can we take a moment to appreciate that cover?? I feel like I say that for every Waiting on Wednesday post but the covers this year have been so magnificent. I am just at awe.
The Wrath and the Dawn series is a retelling of one of my favorite childhood books, The Arabian Nights. If you haven't read The Arabian Nights, I highly highly recommend reading it, it is a wonderful read.
But I am sad that The Wrath of the Dawn series is a duology. I do not like duologys because they are too short, too short. But there will be two novellas released in the coming months, The Mirror and the Maze and The Moth and the Flame so hopefully that will add another depth to this series.
The descriptions in The Wrath of the Dawn was breathtaking. Everything was so vivid and real that I almost wanted to step into the world. I haven't read this kind of descriptions in a long time. I almost got hungry at one point from reading what foods Shahrzad ate.
I love the setting. I want more books with this type of setting, empires in deserts. I feel like there isn't enough diversity in settings, but I haven't read all the books that I wanted to read so I believe that my claim is unjustifiable but still. I just want more diversity and The Wrath of the Dawn series provides that.
What I am looking forward to most is the magic element. Jahandar, Shahrzad's father, has discovered magic and plans to use it to take down Khalid's empire. I'm excited how this plays out. I really like magical elements in books, as you can see if you have read my previous posts.
I love Shahrzad. She is sassy and sharp. Faced with the impending thought that she may die and her plan will fail, Shahrzad still keeps her composure and is driven by her plan. I need some of her motivation and sassiness.
I wanted to hate Khalid but I couldn't. He is evil but after discovering the truth *spoilerly* I felt sorry for him. His actions are questionable but I do ship Khalid and Shahrzad.
Also, I hope there are more Arabian Nights elements in The Rose and the Dagger. I wonder how this series will end because, literally, anything is possible.
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