The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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 only18798983 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.

(via Goodreads)

I purchased this e-Book for my YA reading book club.

I was really intrigued to read this novel. As an avid fan of the original story, I was looking forward to this retelling. The novel is beautifully present, with that glorious cover, and it drew me into finding out more about the story.

I felt a little let down as I read this book. While the first couple of stories were really interesting, they stopped just as quickly. And the stories themselves, not as powerful as one would expect – especially when it’s life and death.

The characters are wonderfully drawn. Our main characters are interesting and you feel for Sharzhad. She is feisty, willful, and forthright. Her handmaiden is a great character that plays off our main heroine. Khalid, our anti-hero, is described as a boy-king but I didn’t really get that, the character seemed to be written for an older person.

The scenes are opulent and vividly described – to the point where I sometimes wondered if I was reading a recipe book or a real estate brochure. Magic is secondary to the story and the sub plot is a slow burn, but still as equally as interesting.

Overall, an engaging read, and I would recommend it.

3.75/5

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