Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
Oh my WORLD!!! This book is by far the most riveting book I’ve gotten my hands on in quite a long time. The story is so intricately woven and so layered you can help but turn the next page to see what happens. What starts as revenge and a guilt kept curse turns into beauty beyond words. The emotions, the conflicts, the surprises it all kept me riveted from page 1 to page 404. The understanding you have with every single character by then end is confusing at the least. People I want to hate I don’t, People I want to fall in love do but maybe? Not with each other. Where will the next book leave us. There is an underlying obsessive NEED to have the next book. You want so much to know what comes next.
Renee Ahdieh writes such a story I wonder how much she has heard in passing. Her tale of a girl Shazi and Boy Khalid, but they are not just any boy and any girl. But a king and a girl, a cursed soul and a story weaver. Their love story is not a match made through growth and understanding. It is born in revenge, distrust and captivation. Shazi is fierce, strong and brave. Khalid is strong, stoic, and warm behind the closed doors. A war is coming and we must know where Shazi and Khalid end up. A girls who was supposed to die at Dawn and a boy who is supposed to not feel. A third member in the love is Tariq a boy from Shazi’s life who is determined to save her from herself or Kahlid. When will the Rose and the Dagger come??? Hurry so we may know who’s story leads to love and who’s leads to demise.