on May 12, 2015
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
I really didn’t know what to expect from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I read the blurb a long time ago and forgot most of it. So I went into it with fresh eyes and was quickly swept away in this unique new young adult novel.
The story starts fast and doesn’t really explain much back story until later. It works for this book. I was too caught up in the story to wonder about the history for the most part. I wouldn’t have minded a bit more information on Khalid’s rise to the throne, but that was a very minor issue that I can easily look over.
The elements that made The Wrath and the Dawn utterly captivating were Shahrzad, Khalid, and their romantic tension. My god was that some good tension! I’m so happy that they didn’t spend the entire book fighting against their feelings. Sure Shazi had her hangups and guilt but she didn’t dwell on it endlessly. That was so refreshing. I really couldn’t help falling right along side Shazi. Khalid is such a fabulous character. He has secrets and the weight of the world on his shoulders. It makes him such a intriguing character. Shazi is just as amazing. She’s so brave and you can’t help but love her quick wit and sharp tongue.
The world in The Wrath and the Dawn is another extraordinary element to the story. I’m not really familiar with Arabian Nights, but I feel like Renee Ahdieh created something beautiful with this book. The world is so lush and I can’t wait to find out more!
Obviously I loved it. I think you probably will too. The Wrath and the Dawn is definitely the most compelling book I’ve read in awhile. I’m so happy it’s the start of a new series because I need more!