The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.
It had a wonderful wrap-up, but I still feel like the story could have appealed to me more. I am a goner for magic so when it was introduced in The Wrath and The Dawn, I was stoked for the second installment; only to be disappointed by how dismal and lacking the magic part is. The role of sorcery in the story wasn’t as essential as I wanted it to be.
Also, the initiatory
dragged on longer than need be. Actually, it wasn’t long, it didn’t even really drag on but the actual action was so short-lived that I was left wanting for more.
Be that as it may, I really loved it. I don’t know how this is even possible – to need more of it but to really love it, too – but that’s what it feels! We can both die trying to understand such illogical feelings. Haha.
“No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.
He was here to burn something to the ground.”
I am not normally romantic but I might just gonna die of our boy-king’s uber affection.
This is on my top 5 favorite fantasy books this year and I would surely recommend it to all lovers of this genre. :D
Rating: 4 of 5 stars