The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
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?
Read: Feb. 23 – 25, 2017
Rating: 4.5 / 5
“What are you doing to me you plague of a girl?”
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.”
“No. Destroy me.”
I loved this book and it will forever be one of my favorites despite whatever flaws it may have. It basically changed my definition of OTP and romance – because in truth, that’s what it is, a romance. A wonderfully endearing, interesting, well-written romance, that is.
The plot is clear and well described in the synopsis since the book does focus mostly on Shahrzad and Khalid’s relationship – told from Shahrzad’s perspective – and on her contradictory feelings and thoughts about it, to sum it up. I felt like the conflict/problem to solve was a bit weak in this book, but that’s only because the main events related Major Conflict will occur in the following book. This Major Conflcit is foreshadowed throught the point of view of secondary/minor characters
soon to become much more important throughout the book.(I’m particularly intrigued by Jahandar’s POV, a.k.a. Shahrzad’s father, and have quite a few theories about what will happen to him in the next book…)
Shahrzad is a wonderful female main character. There should be more like her. I’ve seen few that are as strong, clever or as courageous as Shahrzad. Although, I didn’t feel like I could relate to her, I felt a huge admiration for her throughout the entire book. She took a stand when she volunteered to be Khalid’s wife (who to her knowledge was a bloodthirsty monster) to save the kingdom and avenge her friend – and she manage to survive and even thrive (in a manner).
The writing is amazing – especially the dialogue. There are so many wonderful quotes! I’ll definitely continue to read Renée Ahdieh’s future work (like The Flame and The Mist, a Mulan retelling coming out in 2017).
The ending was a bit disappointing only because I didn’t feel like conflict/problem was very strong as I mentioned earlier. The ending was very open, too incomplete to my liking, but it fulfills its purpose – it left me wanting more. Surprisingly, given such an ending, I still felt somewhat satisfied.
To sum up, I strongly recommend this book to everyone. It’s so intriguing, enthralling and endearing – in a book just under 400 pages – and so very hard to put down. You’ll weep and want more.