The Wrath and The Dawn #1
by Renee Ahdieh
Published on May 12, 2015 by Putnam
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is a highly recommended fantasy novel about a nation run by hate and the power of the truth. The main character is an incredible, outspoken female who sets out to get revenge for her best friend. However. despite the high praise, it wasn’t a 5 star read for me. Now don’t get me wrong. I really enjoyed it. I definitely enjoyed it enough to order the second book! But there were a few things that bothered me.
First off, there seemed to be a mini love triangle. I say mini love triangle because one of the guys barely had any contact with Shazi, but I still consider him a love interest because of their past. In the beginning, Shazi is so dead set on killing Khalid and avenging her best friend. She is also still very in love with her childhood love, Tariq. However, it seemed like she fell for Khalid very quickly. And I know she had to make him love her quickly because of what usually happens to girls who marry him, but she lost the hate she harbored for him all so quickly.
Even with the pace issue though, I totally ship Shazi and Khalid. They suit each other. He needs someone who isn’t afraid of the monster he believes himself to be and he needs someone who will put him in his place. Shazi on the other hand, needed someone to ground her. Someone to bring out the softer side of her.
The friendships in this book also made me very happy. The relationship between Shazi and Despina was so sweet. I loved how Despina felt so comfortable with everyone despite the fact that she was a handmaiden. She was just as strong willed as Shazi, maybe even more so, but she also had her vulnerable side. I was definitely rooting for her and her love interest.
Jalal and Khalid’s relationship was very nice as well. Even though Khalid is the Caliph, Jalal was not afraid to tell him that he was doing the wrong thing. I also liked that Jalal took Shazi under his wing and trained her even though the others were too afraid of getting in trouble with Khalid to do it. All four of them were such an amazing group of people.
I’m definitely excited to see what Ahdieh has in store for me with The Rose & The Dagger.