Title: The Wrath and The Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: YA fantasy
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.
Oh hey, this is inspired by A thousand and one nights! I didn’t know that. I actually didn’t even read the synopsis before diving into the book.
Also, can we talk about Marie Lu’s blurb? An intoxicating gem of a story. ❤
- The Wrath and The Dawn follows the story of a girl named Shahrzad, also called Shazi, who volunteered to marry the king of her kingdom. Till day, every girl who married him has been killed on the following dawn, and she basically signed up for that.
- Khalid, the Caliph, is a very young king and is quite hated by his people. Shazi herself plans to survive—and to kill him. But, then they both get to know each other, and its so hard to follow through your goal with a treacherous heart.
- There’s some magic, curses, new turns and love that’ll make you squeal.
Since I read The Star-Touched Queen not long before this, with the diverse world, new phrases and magic, I felt like I was reading a myth retelling. I don’t think it’s one though.
- I loved Shahrzad. Reading through her point of view was so interesting and she felt really unique.
- In parts, we also read from the POV of Khalid. Way too less parts but I’m glad they were there anyway because I long to know what goes on in his mind. Also, I loved Khalid. I loved how his image and his story match, the secrets of his life and his hope in Shahrzad. For that girl who weaves stories for him and is determined to survive.
- Then there’s Tariq who is Sharhzad’s childhood love. I wasn’t sure why they weren’t together and I wasn’t fascinated or touched by their love for each other. He was more of an annoyance in the story. I just wanted to get back to Shazi and Khalid.
- There are two other characters I quite liked. One is Jalal, who is the best buddy to have by your side. The other is Despina, Shazi’s handmaiden who was pretty interesting.
- This. Oh my gosh. I squealed, I blushed, I covered my face when I was in public and once, I was tapped on the shoulder and asked why I was beaming on the way back home in college bus.
- Their story is pretty slow burn but once it gets to the point, it’s THE thing to read.
Loved it. Though I didn’t like the beginning much and sometimes I got confused as to characters and background stories and connections. The ending was amazing but I hated the last snap of Shazi. I’m giving the book a four. Can’t wait to start The Rose and The Dagger, though. It’s got a lot of hype, and I have a lot of expectations.