Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
I always feel the need to eat my words when I say I don’t read romance centric books. Because I do. The Wrath & the Dawn had rave reviews all over GoodReads and other bloggers I follow so I figured – what the hell I’ll read it and see what all the fuss is about. I found no trace of any of those terrible tropes YA-Fantasy authors fall into to, and loved every second of reading The Wrath & the Dawn.
The story is about Kahlid, the Caliph of Khorasan, who takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. After the execution of her best friend, Shahrzad volunteers herself with a plan to enact revenge. Each night she tells the Caliph a story and promises to finish it the next night if she is allowed to stay alive.
Renee Ahdieh is a wonderful writer and story teller. The plot is paced so that the action happens quickly but the driving force behind it all develops slowly and cautiously. She allows time for characters to become familiar to the readers and to each other. The romance feels genuine, the supplementary characters are wonderfully fleshed out (Jalal, Despina, Yasmine, Tariq) and inspire many (mixed) feelings. Overall a very surprising romance centric read for me, but had me quickly purchasing the second book!
I’ve also read all three novella’s for this series (The Moth & the Flame, The Crown & the Arrow, and The Mirror & the Maze). If you enjoyed this series these are wonderful little snippets of other characters and some more origin based stories to The Wrath & the Dawn.