The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
The first book in the duology.
My rating – 5*/5*
‘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?’
Now, like many of you probably are when there is a hyped book where practically all your friends on good reads have given an amazing review, you are always worried about picking it up in case it isn’t as good as what you think. I’m very happy to say that this review will be nothing but good as this book was amazing and one hundred percent worth the hype.
I do think that’s why it took me so long to finally pick it up, I was just a little nervous to pick it up in case I hated it 🙁 Thank god I didn’t!!!
So, The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, a folk tale that I have never read so in that aspect I can’t comment on if it is a good retelling/did it justice. This book is about Khalid the Calip of Khorasan who takes a new bride every night and by dawn she is executed. Shahrzad volunteers to be his new bride, hoping that she will be the one who can brake the cycle. She tells him a new story every night but makes sure to leave them on a cliffhanger once dawn has passed, therefore assuring she has once more survived another day. As she becomes closer to him, figuring out why he does what he does and plotting how to hurt him he manages to worm his way into her heart.
Now, this is is no way a sappy romance, Shazi is fierce and strong and an amazing MC who is smart, graceful and calculating but in such a graceful way that you would never know just what she is capable of. Then there is Khalid who is mysterious and powerful and they make such an amazing couple.
She finally finds out why Khalid is having his brides executed which I will not spoil but it was a very interesting turn of events that I wasn’t expecting, so i’m very excited to read the next book. As things take a drastic turn in these books Shazi’s former lover comes to take her back, a mini love triangle forms, but it’s a good one I promise. This leaves Shazi having to battle with her head and her heart.
All I can say it that I absolutely love this book and I can’t wait to delve into the second!!!!!
I buddy read this with Kelly over at Carty’s Corner which was so much fun, you can check out her blog here! = http://cartyscorner.weebly.com/books/the-wrath-and-the-dawn-review
I’d love to hear your thoughts???
Were you like me and loved it or were you the opposite and hated it???
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