Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Published by Penguin on 5/12/15
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Historical, Adventure
Source: Barnes & Noble
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
This is what they mean when they say a love story is epic. This is what they mean when they say writing is lyrical and poetic. This is what they mean when they say that a world comes alive. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh is luxurious and beautiful story that’s as poetic as a song.
I fell in love with this book after reading the synopsis, and because the cover is gorgeous, of course. But, then hype killed all my motivation and I was distracted by other books. Then I pushed it even farther back because it’s a series and I didn’t want to experience the torment of waiting for new books to release. So, why did I read it now? I’m a flake and I change my mind a lot. I’m still not sure it was a good I idea to read it because now I’m dying for The Rose and the Dagger. Dying.
This book is everything that the synopsis promises it to be, and so much more. It’s an intensely romantic love story, a forbidden love story, an enemies-to-friends love story that’s layered with political intrigue and intense tension. The slow-burn crackles with electricity, and the plot of interwoven stories is thoroughly engaging. The world that Renée Ahdieh creates unfolds like the most colorful tapestry, vibrant and detailed. I loved the richness of the setting, and was enchanted by this whole new world… (Yeah, I went there.)
Above all else, it’s the romance that enchanted me the most. It was truly, deeply, deliciously romantic, and Renée Ahdieh’s exquisite writing blew me away. Her beautiful words made made what would’ve been a great story over-the-top amazing. I can’t say enough about how intoxicating her words are, I can only urge you to read them.
The Wrath and The Dawn, a new favorite of mine, is a fascinating tale about love and revenge, and features an unforgettable heroine and beyond irresistible hero. This story is also about friendship and the ties that’ll make us do whatever it takes to protect the ones we love. Renée Ahdieh is a talented new author and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for these characters that I absolutely fell in love with. This book is brilliant and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Is it May yet?