The Wrath & The Dawn "Starring Shahrzad The Sassy, The Brave And The Stubborn" {Book Review}

Monday, March 7, 2016
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh Review

I have no words, simply no words. It's been a long while since I've been so captivated by a book. The Wrath and The Dawn is a perfect example of masterful storytelling. On a side note her descriptions of food are amazing.


Title: The Wrath & The Dawn
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & The Dawn #1
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, YA, Romance
Source: Library

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.



Favorite Quote

“So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”
“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.” 

I loved, loved The Wrath and The Dawn. The characters are fantastic, the world building is amazing. I can’t explain how much I enjoyed this book.

If you didn’t already know The Wrath and The Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights which is basically a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian fairytales. So technically The Wrath and The Dawn is a retelling of a retelling.

So technically The Wrath & The Dawn is a retelling of a retelling

Either way I read the original story (A Thousand and One Nights) and loved it, so of course I was more than up for reading a retelling of it.

Even though The Wrath and The Dawn is a retelling I felt like it was a whole new story. It adds so many layers and new depth to the (sorta) original tale.

I positively adored the characters, well most of them at least. But my favorite by far was Khalid. Now for all you guys who haven't read The Wrath & The Dawn yet and are thinking that I’m a loon, you’ll understand once you read it. Shahrzad is also an amazing character, she’s so sassy,  brave and stubborn. (My favorite character combo)

Oh My Thor that ending. You. Did. Not. Just do that. *cries* Why must my OTP be torn apart like that. The world is evil. {End of Spoiler}

Also the romance was just perfection, not to fast not to slow. Just a perfectly slow burn. Also the mystery surrounding the palace and the boy king was so woeful yet wonderful. It kept me glued to the the pages as I so desperately wanted to know why Khalid was marrying and executing all those poor girls.

final thoughts

All in all I think I've discovered a new favorite. I am seriously dying for the next book. I need to get my hands on The Rose And The Dagger!!! I'm gonna try for an ARC (if they're giving them out) but being the tiny pip squeak blogger I am, I doubt I'll get one. But one can't help but hope. So in conclusion this books is the most beautiful book ever and you have have no excuse not to read it.

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