The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Wow what a beautiful story! At first I was worried I’d find it quite hard to get used to the different words/terms and the names. But I got used to it quite quickly and just loved reading and living in a different culture for once. The Arabian/Persian culture was really well written. I have to say every time food was brought up through out the story it made my mouth water a bit. The world building was well done although for the most part, it really only takes place in a palace but I liked the different outfits of different people and the visuals of the different areas of the palace. It made it more fun to soak in the culture and the color of it all.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Experience:

Shazi was a great character. Very empowering and inspiring for young girls. Headstong and always quick with a come back. I laughed quite a few times at her retorts to others.
I actually can’t say I didn’t really like any of the characters. I enjoyed that there was an air of mystery to many of the characters story lines and that kept me intrigued. Not only the main mystery surrounding Khalid and why he kept killing his wives, but also with Shazi’s father and what Tariq and his uncle were up too. Each plot ran seamlessly with each other that I never felt like I was bouncing around and I remained interested the whole time to get through this book in one sitting.

Now for the bit I didn’t love. This doesn’t really contain spoilers as it’s in the summary but if you don’t want more details don’t read. I didn’t love the instalove. For a girl so set in her ways and losing her best friend to this man she saw as a murderer and knowing many other women were also killed by him she sure let herself start to have feelings for Khalid rather quickly. Quickly enough that it bothered me and made it unbelievable. I’m sorry but if someone killed my best friend I doubt after three days I’d start having the hots for him when I haven’t even been given the slightest form of an explanation…

I suppose it’s to be expected in YA and overall it didn’t take away from the quick pace and beauty of the story. So four solid stars from me!

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