If there is one series that I am grateful I found out about this year – read, in 2016 because I read the first book last year -, it’s this one. I followed popular opinion once again for this and tried to read The Wrath and The Dawn, a bit unsure about the world, the story, and whether or not I would like it, and boy, was I surprised to completely fall in love with it. Almost a year after reading its predecessor, I finally managed to get to the second book, and, well…I loved it just as much, if not more.
STUNNING AND DIVERSE WORLD-BUILDING
“Cut the strings, Shazi. Fly.”
Directly following the events of The Wrath and The Dawn, The Rose and the Dagger takes us directly into another world, literally. This is something I really appreciated in the first book, and came to love even more in this one: how diverse and absolutely stunning the world-building is. Not to delve too much on the author’s writing, which is gorgeous, for a lack of a better word, the world-building is just as well-done. Renee Ahdieh pulls us into a world with its own rules, its own language, clothing, traditions, way of speaking…and we can feel it from the very first page. In terms of world-building, this series, for me, is one of these that hit the jackpot. It’s deliciously diverse and stunning to read about. As much as I felt compelled into the story and the characters’ ups, downs and plot twists happening all over again, I felt even more compelled by the world I was pulled into with every word. The writing depicts us the world in vivid colors, throwing us right in the middle of the story. It was beautiful, and definitely one of the strong suits of this series.
SISTERS, AND ONE TRUE LOVE
“Destiny was for fools. Shahrzad would not wait for her life to happen . She would make it happen.”
In the massive family of fierce characters in young adult books, Shazi definitely deserves one of the golden medals. Determined from the start, she’s one character you can root for and definitely understand more in this sequel, with her motives, her struggles, and most importantly, how she feels inside. One thing I loved in this story is how you get to explore more of the sister’s relationship between her and Irsa. Having a sister, this wasn’t too hard to relate to, obviously, but it was also so refreshing to see more of what bonded them, and what made them so different from each other. Where Shazi is fierce, confident and determined, Irsa is all the more hesitant and nervous, and I quickly grew attached to her. I was thrilled to explore more of these family bounds in this story.
“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”
The Rose and the Dagger has its share of relationships to root for, which I loved. I can safely say that Shazi and Khalid are one of my ultimate otp. They complete each other so well, understand each other and just, every single interaction they had made me feel like, they fit. They are home with each other, which is the ultimate feeling we all should have while reading about couples, if you ask me. I loved that we got introduced to other couples to root for here. I won’t say more because spoilers, but there are some heavy loads of emotions in this book, ups and downs and my heart wouldn’t stop doing some kind of yo-yo.
The Rose and the Dagger reminded me why I wanted to read more fantasy, and even more, reminded me of why that genre is so, so good. From magic flying carpets to magical powers, from stunning moments to betrayals, from plot twists to slower moments where the tension builts up slowly on the side… there is just so much that compelled me to read more, and if I could, I think I would have read this in one sitting. I think this author might be close to becoming one of my favorite, her next release coming soon, which I’m already way too excited about, will probably settle the deal.
Final rating: IT’S A HURRICANE OF EMOTIONS!
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Renne Ahdieh, The Rose and The Dagger (The Wrath and The Dawn #2), Published by G.P Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers, April 26th 2016.
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.