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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
Publication Date: May 12, 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.
“So I write it to the sky-
I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.”
That is how you write a debut. This was perfect. All the hype was completely deserved.
Now, I’m not that familiar with the story of Arabian Nights, and I can tell you without a doubt that that is of no importance because I am sure this story completely retold and slayed it accordingly.
All it took was 30 pages, and I was completely enthralled. The plot, exposition, climax, the swoon, it was all perfect. If I had to pick one thing I didn’t like about this masterpiece, it would probably be Despina the handmaiden, and how slow the story would be at times.
The writing made up for all of that, though.
Our main character, Shahrzad is very mesmerizing and mature for her age. A lot of times, I would catch myself forgetting her whole reason for marrying the Caliph of Khorasan in the first place. She is witty, smart, and extremely cunning. Seriously, her and Celaena Sardothien would make the perfect set of friends. I demand a story crossover, like now. I mean seriously, how cool would that be?!
And like I mentioned before though not much happens throughout the story, the banter, intrigue and suspense keep you going. It’s just so good.
“My queen is without limitations. Boundless in all that she does. Show them.”
Khalid, Khalid, Khalid.
Khalid is dealing with a heavy burden that will make even the most hardened cynic like me a little sad. He deserves all the swoon. I hope that the love triangle becomes more prominent in the sequel that I’m already dying for. Khalid is just perfection.
Slay me a thousand times over, Renee Ahdieh. I love you, and this book.
Rating: 5 Stars