Want a book with rich settings and intriguing characters? Then The Wrath and the Dawn is the book for you. It’s one of those books that immediately sucks you in and doesn’t let go. This hasn’t happened to me in a while so when I picked it up last month, I was pleasantly surprised.
Rating: 4 stars
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.
One of the first things I noticed about this book was (a) the beautiful cover and (b) the gorgeous writing. Renée Ahdieh writes in a way that’s so beautiful and fluid that you can’t help but fly through it. In a weird way it kinda feels like you aren’t even reading.
Another reason to why I flew through this book is the plot. The book starts off with an ambiguous prologue that really hooks you and compels you to continue on reading. (Side note: A bookish pet peeve of mine is the long-winded and pointless prologue.) You are given no introductions and are shoved in at the deep end. This can be jarring at first but answers soon follow.
An exciting part of the plot, besides the romance, was the magical elements. However, it was a part of the story that wasn’t well-developed and I was slightly disappointed that the author didn’t explore it more. I hope its delved into deeper in the next book and my questions are answered then.
I really appreciated Renée Ahdieh creating characters that were interesting, unique and three-dimensional. My favourite characters were Shazi (the main female protagonist), Khalid (the Caliph), Despina (the maid) and Jalal (the Captain of the Guard). I loved the scenes between Shazi and Jalal as well as her scenes with Despina. They were full of banter and jokes that provided a comedic relief to the story. The characters I liked the least were Tariq (ex-boyfriend) and Shazi’s father. I had a major problem with Tariq’s jealously and how it turned into possessiveness. It was super creepy and the bottom line is I didn’t like it.
Lastly, I want to mention the insta love that occurs in this book. When Shazi volunteers to become a bride, she has one aim. To kill the king. Yet when she spends a night with him, her mission soon gets thrown out the window and she falls for him pretty quick. I would have accepted their relationship a bit more, had the feelings been drawn out over a period of time.
Overall, I throughly enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn and will definitely be picking up the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys superb writing, complex characters and a gripping plot.
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