Title and Author: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Selves: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, 2015-release
Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: 12th May 2015
Summary: 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.
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.”
The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
You know how sometimes you read a blurb and you just know that you’re going to enjoy reading that book?
Well, I had a similar intuition when I read the summary of The Wrath and the Dawn and boy, did I have a great time reading it! The Wrath and the Dawn which is a inspired by A Thousand and One Nights is more than just great — it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year!!
The story is about Khalid Ibn al-Rashid, the Caliph of Khorasan who takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at dawn. After Shahrzad’s bestfriend suffers the same fate at the hands of the Caliph, she volunteers to marry him to seek retribution. However, to exact her revenge, she needs to somehow avoid being killed at dawn. Therefore, Shazi comes up with a plan and does the unthinkable — she becomes the first bride to have survived the dawn and lived to see many others.
“I will live to see tomorrow’s sunset. Make no mistake. I swear I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes.
And I will kill you.
With my own hands”
Shahrzad hates Khalid. He’s a cold blooded monster who killed not only her best friend but several others as well. However, as she spends more time with Khalid, she learns that he’s not at all the person she thought he was and this makes her question the reason behind the death of all those brides. As the story progresses, Shahrzad finds herself in an uncomfortable postion. She feels caught between her feeling for Khalid which had started out as hatred but had evolved into something that felt a lot like love and, her promise to exact vengeance.
I absolutely loved Shazi. She was smart, sassy, fearless and silver tongued. I
really admired her for her bravery and independence. She’s the sort of main character that screams girl power because she doesn’t depend on men or anyone else for that matter to get things done. Neither is she afraid of Khalid. Infact,she is so bold that she slapped the Caliph of Khorasan and even got away with it. She’s the sort of main character that you root for from the get go.
Khalid was so dreamy! At first he seemed so distant, cold and mysterious but despite all that, he was really polite and respectful. He was a quite person — he spoke less and observed more. His sad childhood and the weight of all the deaths that were on his shoulders were the reason for his icy demeanor and it was beautiful watching Shazi thaw through his cold facade but make no mistake because Khalid is a ruthless killer and we get to see that side of him a few times.
I prefer the color blue to any other. The scent of lilacs in your hair is a source of constant torment. I despise figs. Lastly, I will never forget, all the days of my life, the memories of last night—
For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.
I LOVED Shahrzad and Khalid as a couple. I SHIP THEM SO HARD! They were so good together and it was an absolute delight watching them fall in love. Together they make a formidable couple — a force to be reckoned with. Khalid is a good king but Shazi makes him even better. After all what’s a king without his queen. Honestly, they are so adorable together and I just couldn’t get enough of them. And the romance, OMIGOSH it is SO GOOD!! The chemistry between the two is amazing and I need more of it!
Can hardly wait for the sequel!!
As much as I loved the book, I felt that it lacked action and magic but I’m hoping to see more of that in the next book.
Final thoughts: Renee Ahdieh has made a perfect debut with The Wrath and the Dawn. The writting was absoultely wonderful. Even the setting, the plot and the characters were so well written and I am so looking forward for the next book.