Okay, this book was a lot more enjoyable as a whole to me compared to The Wrath and the Dawn. It took me awhile to get into the first book, but I was hooked from the first chapter of this one. Now, I understand why I liked this one more than the first one and that’s due to the fact that the first one has to set everything up. It’s job is to introduce me to this world that Renee Ahdieh created and she did a great job in the first one, it just took me awhile to get into it.
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So with The Rose and the Dagger, I was hoping I wouldn’t have that problem and I didn’t. I absolutely loved the journey I went on in this second novel. I loved the development of the already established characters from the first book like Shahrzad, Khalid, and Tariq. Then how side characters from the first book were explored more in this one like Shahrzad’s sister, Irsa or Tariq’s friend, Rahim. Also, Renee Ahdieh did a great job of introducing new characters like Artan and his aunt Isuke.
This book definitely hit me emotionally in quite a few places and made me cry, which I wasn’t expecting at all. There were a couple times where I had to put the book down because I didn’t want to read further because I was that emotionally invested and what was happening was distressing me so much that I didn’t want to keep reading.
I will say the one weakness this book has is that the ending is rushed. There is a sequence with Khalid and Shahrzad’s father, Jahandar that happens and then maybe two pages later it’s fixed. Then there’s another scene with Reza that is also maybe two pages long that just kind of quickly ties up his story. It just felt too rushed and I wish that those two scenes specifically had flowed more naturally.
Renee Ahdieh‘s writing was just as excellent in this one as it was in the first book. One of her biggest strengths is how well she creates these worlds. She makes it so easy for your imagination to access the scenery she’s painting. I definitely want to read more of her work and get lost in more of the worlds she creates.
Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel and I’m both content yet sad that this is just a duology. I think the story she told fits this format well, but I’d like to read more from this world.
I’d give The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh and would definitely recommend this series to anyone.