“One hundred lives for the one you took. One life to one dawn. Should you fail but a single morn, I shall take from you your dreams. I shall take from you your city. And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold.”- Khalid, The Wrath & the Dawn
Title: The Wrath & the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & the Dawn
My Thoughts:This is the tale of a boy, a king, cursed by a father’s grief. This is the tale of a girl, a herione, seeking to avenge a murdered friend. Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, this is the first book in The Wrath & the Dawn duology.
Before I get into this review, let me just say that this book has taken over my life for the past two days. I was eating, sleeping, breathing the story of Khalid and Shahrzad. I could not put it down, and frankly, I didn’t think that I would like—no, LOVE— this book as much as I did. Ok, enough with the dramatics, lets get into the review.
This book follows Shahrzad (Shazi) who volunteers to be the next wife of the Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid, in hopes of avenging the murder of her best friend. Every day, the king is takes a new wife and come dawn the next day, she is murdered and the cycle begins again. Shazi hopes to end the cycle as she plans to kill the King of Kings. On what is expected to be Shazi’s last night alive, the king comes to her room and she tells him a story. Before she can even finish, dawn has come and Shazi is still very much alive. The next night, the Khalid comes to her room again and come next day, Shazi is still alive. However, on the third day, the guards come to take Shazi to be executed, but at the last minute, she is saved from death by Khalid who states that any threat in Shazi’s life is as good a threat to his own. People of the city start to talk and believe that their young King may actually be in love.
While Shahrzad plots to murder the king, her childhood love, Tariq, and her father, Jahandar, plot to rescue Shazi from the murderous monster. The element of magic plays a role in this book as Jahandar turns to an ancient text in hopes of making himself strong enough to save his daughter and make the Khalid pay for his bloodshed. The different plots in this story definitely gave this book many layers because we were not only seeing events that occurred within the castle, but as well as the outside. I also kept me guessing because I wasn’t exactly sure how the events were going to play out and when it is revealed why the king is killing his new brides, we see a turn of events as Shazi realizes she has misjudged Khalid all this time. He is not a monster, but rather just a boy. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say one thing: CLIFFHANGER. Everything is up in the air, the city is in chaos, and this was my state of being at 1 A.M in the morning when I finished this book:
One thing that I really LOVED about this book is the inner conflict that Shazi faces. On one hand, Khalid is nothing more than a monster who murdered her best friend. On the other hand, he is just a young man who does not know love, but only of secrets and lies. Shazi tries to focus on her true mission, but soon finds her self falling for the King of Kings. I really liked that romance was not “instant” and Shazi was fighting until the end to really get a handle on her emotions, but the heart wants what the heart wants (cheesy, I know). Another thing that I loved about this book was the writing. It was just so beautiful and so detailed. Some of the one-liners in this book are just straight up poetic, especially the dialogue between Khalid and Shazi.
This book was awesome and definitely one on my top favorites for this year. If you haven’t read this book yet, I don’t know what your waiting for. Walk—no, RUN—to your nearest bookstore and pick this up, you won’t regret it!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
See you between the pages ♥