Book: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Date Published: May 12th, 2015
Date Started: October 6th, 2015
Date Finished: October 14th, 2015
One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
I feel like its been a while since I really got sucked into a book and I really regret not reading this book sooner. When I first heard about this book, everything about it sucked me in. The synopsis is intriguing. The cover is beautiful. The inside cover is even more beautiful. To be honest, I think I was afraid to read this book. I’m always hesitant to try out a new book if I’ve never read anything by that author and everyone is just raving about this book. I’m afraid of being let down. This is something I need to work on. I need to learn to just dive in and not worry about expectations.
So what happened when I read this book? I fell in love with it. I loved everything about this book, so expect a lot of gushing in this review.
This is one of those stories where everything is not as it seems. Just like most of the characters, I had this presumption about the prince, Khalid. I knew there was some sort of a secret, a reason for the way he acts the way he does. But I still thought of him as cruel in the beginning. What I liked about this book was the way that Khalid’s true personality was revealed. There wasn’t just one giant moment where it was revealed. There were several moments. I think this made me more invested in the characters. I loved Shazard from the get go. I loved that she left her family on a mission to kill the prince but allowed herself to see the truth about him, unlike everyone else. I also liked that she wasn’t perfect at everything. For example, she was good at archery, but I loved that she still had much to learn about other fighting skills.
I really loved the world building in this book. It’s all the small details that made it great. Like the smell of Jasmine outside of Khalid’s window that reminds him of Shazi’s hair. Or Shazi eating different kinds of food. I loved how the Thousand Night’s tales were interwoven into the story. It was done very delicately and allowed The Wrath and the Dawn to have its own unique story.
I’m really excited for the next book in this series, The Rose and the Dagger. The cliff hanger at the end of The Wrath and the Dawn had me needing the sequel right away. I loved how the story was slowly revealed, like a tease, and everything was this delicious explosive reveal at the end. I’m excited to see how Shazi’s past and present will close together because I truly believe that her past has the power to destroy her future. No spoilers though!
I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. If you’re looking for a book with a disastrous love triangle, action and adventure, and magical retellings, then look no further. This is the book for you!