The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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, has begun taking a new bride each night, only to have her killed the next mourning with a silk cord wrapped tightly around her neck. When her dearest friend falls prey to the Caliph’s cruelty, Shahrzad offers herself as his next wife, vowing to avenge her friend’s murder and end his reign of terror permanently. Shahrzad uses her wit and charm to stay alive. Night after night, she beguiles Khalid with mesmerizing stories, growing ever closer to him, until she realizes she may be just as beguiled.
It’s an unforgivable betrayal. She came to the palace to put an end to his life. Instead, she finds herself falling deeply in love with Khalid, the monster of her dreams. He is not what she expected, and she quickly realizes all within this palace of marble and stone is not as it would appear.
A sumptuous and elegantly told tale, The Wrath and the Dawn will enthrall readers from beginning to end.
First Sentence: It would not be a welcome dawn.
First of all, a HUGE thank you, thank you, thank you to Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction for lending me her ARC of The Wrath and the Dawn to read and borrow. THANK YOU KRISTEN. Without a doubt, The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my most anticipated books of 2015. I mean, have you seen a young adult retelling of A Thousand and One Nights before? Add nothing but praise for the book into the mix and I’m just full of neeeeeed and grabby hands for the book. I’m happy to report that after reading The Wrath and the Dawn, I am deeply in love with the book.
Before going into The Wrath and the Dawn, I expected it to be exactly like A Thousand and One Nights, which now that I think about it, doesn’t really make any sense. I expected the whole book to be about Shahrzad telling Khalid stories in order to stay alive and along the way, Khalid will fall in love with her. Instead, what I got was so many other different things. There were tons of conflicts between characters that was not Shahrzad and Khalid, magic, and tons of political intrigue. Storytelling was only a little part of the story.
They were not gentle. And why should they be?
After all, they did not expect her to live past the next morning. (ARC 5)
The Wrath and the Dawn is also very diverse. The people in The Wrath and the Dawn have their own unique culture: they wear their own type of clothing, carry their own unique kind of weapon, and have special names for one another, all things I haven’t heard of or read about before. There is even a glossary at the back of the book to help you understand and visualize what kind of clothes people are wearing, how their weapons look like, and what they are saying.
I absolutely love the way Renee Ahdieh writes romance. During some romantic moments in the book, I couldn’t help but have this disgustingly huge goofy smile pop up on my face. I would tell myself to stop smiling like that, that people are watching me right this moment on the subway (they probably are), but feel myself smiling at the book anyway because how can you not? Renee Ahdieh aced the romance in The Wrath and the Dawn perfectly.
“It is a gift from the caliph. You must wear it, my lady.”
Shahrzad stared down at the slight girl in amused disbelief. “And if I don’t? Will he kill me?” (ARC 5)
The Wrath and the Dawn has this deep addictive quality to it. Right after I finished The Wrath and the Dawn, I immediately wanted to reread it again, to enjoy Renee’s writing and characters all over again, and promptly did just that. The Wrath and the Dawn is just so addicting, although I can’t really say what exactly is so addicting about it.
Overall, I definitely, without a doubt, recommend The Wrath and the Dawn to everyone, especially if you’re a fan of retellings. The Wrath and the Dawn is guaranteed to not disappoint and make you just want to sigh and give the book a hug.