Title: The Wrath and The Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 12, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): 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 absolutely loved this book! The writing was amazing, and I loved the characters. Some of my favorites were Shahrzad and Khalid (obviously!), Despina, and Jalel. I read the book in two days, and I immediately wanted the sequel right after. I ended up giving this 5 out of 5 stars.
Shahrzad is a great main character. I loved that she was strong, that she had a plan in mind and tried her hardest to put it into action. But then she fell in love, and she was torn. Does she sacrifice everything for her love, or does she sacrifice her feelings? There’s a decent amount of romance, but I still wanted more, probably because I absolutely love Shahrzad and Khalid together. Every time something romantic would happen between them, I was swooning and giggling like a school girl.
Renee’s writing is beautiful. I wanted to immerse myself into this world. I didn’t realize until I finished the book that there was an index with terms and definitions. I wish I’d realized sooner, because that would have helped clear some things up a little, would have helped me understand the story a little more. But nevertheless, I still really enjoyed the book.
I didn’t really like Tariq that much. He kind of annoyed me a bit, especially when he tried to make Shahrzad do things she didn’t want to do. The ending leaves you hanging, wondering what’s going to happen next. I’m glad I read this book so close to the sequel; I’m not sure I could have waited nearly a year to find out what happens next!
Some of my favorite lines: “Joonam. He’d called her that before. My everything.” and “Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”
Final note: Overall this was a great retelling. I’d highly recommend it, and I’m impatiently waiting for the sequel! I want it NOW! Read this if you haven’t already.