The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Genres/Themes: Fantasy, New/Young Adult, Romance, Retelling, Curses/Magic
Wow where are the words to talk about this book.
Firstly, I should mention that I was/am a huge fan of 1,001 Nights. Seriously amazing read so, when I heard this series was inspired by that, I knew I had to give it a shot.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
Definitely NOT disappointed!! Was it as great as I’ve worked 1,001 Nights in my head? Nah, but without comparison I think it really can stand on it’s own.
The story is quite amazing even though the reader is already told of the secrets–mostly. The actual conflicts are quite interesting. The flow of things is done quite well and I wasn’t bored at all with the book. There are down points but, I feel those are needed in a story. Ups and down, fast and slow as a way to keep the reader interested.
The characters… they have such life. I love Shazi — strong female who can hold her own but, isn’t afraid to love. Jalal and Despina are other favorites of mine.
Romance-wise… I feel like I have too high of expectations for a blooming love. So, ignoring how fast I thought love was formed, I did enjoy it. The coming to terms with it and what love meant between the two characters.
I’m so excited to read the sequel, I really can’t wait!