Wednesday, February 21

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn (Wrath and the Dawn #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn (Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Renee Ahdieh

Published By: Putnam Books
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Date Read: January 19, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 404

From Goodreads:
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?

"For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you."

The Wrath and the Dawn has sat on my shelf unread for so long and I am now well and truly kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I started with the prequel novellas which were good and set the scene for this book perfectly but I was not prepared for how much I would adore this book. I just love everything about it and I am so glad I have the next book already to dive straight into.

Sharzhad's best friend was cruelly killed by Khalid, Caliph of Khorasan. The boy-king who marries a different bride each night only to have her killed by morning. Now Sharzhad is determined to have revenge for her best friends untimley death... so she volunteers to be Khalid's next bride and she does the impossible... she survives to see the next night. Sharzhad spins beautiful stories and tales every night that leave Khalid wanting to see more of his enchanting bride. As the time goes by Sharzhad starts to wonder if Khalid is not as evil as she thought. She is determined to find out why he has so cruelly killed so many women... but as she plots to enact her revenge, Sharzhad finds herself falling for him.

I didn't read this book for so long as around the time it was released there was another book based off the same story that I really didn't like. It bored me so much and so I was worried I would feel the same about this one. After devouring and loving Renee's other book Flame in the Mist, I decided I needed to give this one a go too. I loved The Wrath and the Dawn so so much. It was everything that I adore and love in a book. It has mystery and intrigue, magic and romance... what else could I possibly want?

Sharzhad is without a doubt one of the best protagonists that I have ever read. I absolutely love her. I love her attitude and how real she is. You meet her to find this completely fearless and headstrong woman who will throw herself into danger to get revenge for her best friend. What I love about her so much is that you really see her change and grow and soften as the book goes on. Even when she softens a little she is still so sharp-tongued and won't let any man intimidate her and I adore that.

Khalid... oh my beautiful Khalid. I adore him so much. Since I read the prequel novellas prior to this I went into this book knowing he wasn't actually evil and that something had happened to make him kill a new bride every night... I just didn't know what and couldn't wait to find out. Due to me already knowing this I loved him right from the very start and all I wanted was for he and Sharzhad to get together and fall in love because they are utterly perfect for each other.

The Wrath and the Dawn is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I loved it so much and the ending well and truly killed me. Talk about a cliffhanger... like I seriously need to read book 2 right now. If you've read other books based on the A Thousand and One Nights and didn't like it, I urge you to give The Wrath and the Dawn a go. It is totally worth it. This is one book that I will re-read over and over again. It's just totally perfect. I loved it and I can't wait to get stuck into The Rose and the Dagger.

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”


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