Read my review for the first book in the duology, The Wrath and the Dawn here
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.
After reading this, my heart feels so full. The ending broke my heart in two then mended it back together in the span of three chapters!
Unfortunately I will say that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the Wrath and the Dawn, mostly because the romance wasn’t as prevalent in this book. However, I still found it incredibly enjoyable, and the parts where there was romance I absolutely loved! This book had a lot more action than the last, which made it an exciting and quick read.
Like the first book, I found Renee’
s writing to be incredibly enchanting and enthralling, her detailed descriptions never fail me. And of course I adore how strong willed and powerful Shazi is, she is definitely my favourite character throughout the duology. I can’t say much without spoiling the second book, but if you love palace and desert settings with secrets, curses romance and a hint of magic I highly recommend these books!
“But if you ask me, the best way to go about flying is to cut the strings tying you down… cut the strings, Shazi. Fly.”
“The Darker the sky, the brighter the stars.”
When we are faced with our darkest fears, inaction is for the weak or the hopeless. There is always something to be said or done. Though words alone are mere scratchings on a page. The power behind them lies with a person.”
“Love gave life to the lifeless. It was the greatest of all living powers.”