Review: The Wrath & the Dawn


Book Title: The Wrath & the Dawn
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Published: 2015
Page Count: 388
Rating: 5/5

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 a unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in the 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?

Wow! This story… just wow! I have seen this book everywhere on book-tube and bookstagram and my cousin recommended it to me. I knew it was a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, but I have never heard that story before so I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing. And I loved it!! The action, the romance, the mysterious Khalid and his secrets, everything about this book was amazing.

At the beginning, I was a little confused because all the characters were being introduced and it seemed a little overwhelming but as I continued to read, it was clear which character was which.

Shahrzad has become one of my favorite female characters. She’s strong-willed, smart and has a bit of a smart mouth as well, which made me laugh and love her so much.

One of my favorite things about this story is that the romance felt so real. Shahrzad and Khalid’s relationship was built up perfectly. It wasn’t rushed and the timing was perfect. My heart just melted reading about them. The world was also developed so well. I wanted to be there to see the marble flooring and eat the wondrous food.

This is definitely one of my favorite books and I can not wait to read The Rose & the Dagger. I recommend this one times 1000!

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