By: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Series: (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Publication Date: May 12th 2015
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.
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The feeling of hearing those stories … it came back again while reading this book .
As shahrazad (shazi) told the stories to the Caliph at night , i started remembering the ones i heard my mother tell .
Shahrazad is my favorite character, her strength and intelligence are interesting for a girl her age , and her silver tongue with her snarky remarks made the book so fun to read.
Even though each one in this book was special , the Caliph was a surprise , because i always pictured him as evil and ruthless , the same as Shazi used to see him , but we got to see his real story now.
i’m not a big fan of Tariq in this story , but i want to see what he will do next , especially with the way the book ended .
The writing was absolutely beautiful , made the book that much worth it , here are some of my favorite quotes :
“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”
“The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”
This was such a great read and i would recommend it to YA and Fantasy fans , i didn’t want it to end! i want more!