Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Format / Length: Paperback / 449 Pages
Publisher / Date Published: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers / May 12th 2015
Category / Genre: Young Adult / Fairytale Retelling
Source: Lent from the awesome Spontaneous Outpourings
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Description: 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.
So. Let’s just take a moment to drink in that glorious illustration at the beginning of the book.
And let us take another moment to ask yourself the following question: Do I want to read this book? If the answer is Yes, then congratulations! You are correct. Because you do want to read this book. And you will have to stay up to ungodly times of the morning, because you’ll start reading the book, think to yourself, “Oh. I’ll just read one chapter,” and then find yourself halfway through the book.
My title pretty much tells you all.
It was exquisitely written, lyrical in its prose but not overbearing. Not only was it wonderfully written, but it’ll suck you in from the first page and leave you breathless until the very end. (And leave you aching for the sequel.) BUT. Incase you need anymore convincing, here are some other reasons why you should read The Wrath and the Dawn:
- It’s a retelling/inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
- But, really, it’s original in its own right
- There’s a very, very faint undercurrent of magic, which I loved
- A slow-burning, sensual romance
- THAT COVER
- THOSE EDGES
- KHALID. At first glance, you think he’s a terrible person. But wait. Just wait. Dig underneath those layers, and you’ll see an entirely different person
- Our main character, Shahrzad, is WONDERFUL. Her wit, strength of character, intelligence… Gah, she was great. She was the sort of quietly kick-ass heroine. (Except I still don’t know how to pronounce her name. Haha.)
- The worldbuilding was FANTASTIC. (Although, I was pretty sure this is historical fiction, right? At least, from what I could understand, “Khorasan” (which is where the novel is set) was a historical region somewhere in Iran.) So, all confusion aside of the genre and setting, the descriptive details were beautiful.
FOOD. Numerous descriptions of food that literally left my mouth watering.