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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Brandi Hart on 04-29-16

I wish I had read this book instead of listened

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose and the Dagger to be better than the print version?


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

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The story and character development was well done, the story is what kept me listening!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Christy Kost on 06-13-16

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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bridget on 12-18-17

kinda predictable and the ending was v. rushed.

eh definitely a ya book with several characters that needed more development. not unenjoyable but not necessarily satisfying.

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