Goodreads Synopsis: 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 picked up The Wrath & The Dawn purely based on it’s cover. I know, I know. I keep doing that and it’s usually not a good idea but this time it was!
The Wrath & The Dawn is a retelling of the classic A Thousand and One Nights. Renee Ahdieh does a beautiful job of bringing this story to a YA audience, but at the same time never leaving the feeling of the original story. So overall the prose of the story was my favorite. I really enjoyed the writing.
Another thing I liked about the book are the plot twists. Usually there’s not much I don’t see coming in a YA novel, which is why I have a hard time reading them sometimes. But The Wrath & The Dawn was really well done. There is a huge twist with Khalid’s story that made so much sense but honestly took me be surprise.
Shahrzad herself is also a well done character. Believable in her motives to get revenge but also believable when she starts to drift away from those thoughts. Although she wasn’t my favorite character, I still enjoyed reading her story.
This book does have some POV switches, that actually didn’t bother me quite as much as they usually do. I was pretty much just enjoying the read. It’s a fast read, even though it’s a decent sized novel. And the twist at the end is fantastic! I loved how Ahdieh wrote the ending.
I gave The Wrath & The Dawn 4 stars on Goodreads and I fully recommend it to you all. 🙂