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The Rose & the Dagger: The Wrath & the Dawn, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Satisfying sequel with surprising magical twists.

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This satisfying sequel is mostly a star-crossed love story with a light sprinkling of flying carpet magic. Relationships get the most attention here, and with such compelling characters as Shahrzad and Khalid, it's a good focus to have. Author Renee Ahdieh goes all in with resolving conflicts between Khalid and Shahrzad's childhood love, Tariq -- this was well done -- and with improving Shahrzad's relationship with her often neglected sister. And complex political relationships, with the twists and turns of palace intrigue, stay intriguing to the end.

But can we get back to the magic carpets for a second? And a flying serpent and a fire guy and his crazy magical aunt in a secluded mountain hideaway? The Rose & the Dagger would have been astounding on all fronts if Ahdieh went all in here, as well, embracing the magical world just as much. Fantasy fans will long for more.

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