Today, I am SO excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, the sequel to The Wrath & the Dawn — which, by the way, is a duology, so this book — in stores TODAY!!! — is the conclusion of Shazi’s story.
And what better way to celebrate the finale to this breathtaking duology than with the official playlist for Shazi herself! These are all songs chosen by Renee Ahdieh for her leading lady. Check out the songs below, and let us know what you think of these picks in the comments below.
Don’t miss our review of The Rose & the Dagger, too!
Worlds Apart by Seven Lions because it constantly begs the question of why two people would try to make something work when they clearly live in different worlds.
Kaleidoscope by Tiesto because this song always reminds me of Shahrzad.
Two Weeks by FKA Twigs because it’s a beautiful song about the push and pull of a relationship.
No Ordinary Morning by Chicane because Shahrzad rarely has an ordinary morning. Ever.
You & Me by Bassnectar because the first line of the song is: “It’s you and me against the world.”
Formation by Beyoncé because . . . well that would definitely have been Shazi’s jam.
The Light by The Album Leaf because I wrote so many of Shazi’s scenes while listening to that song.
Fire Inside by Gemini because the lyrics make me think of Shazi.
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd because of all the times Shazi misses Khalid.
Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars because everything about it just works for this story.
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.