5 Things About The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

December 15, 2016 Review 24 ★★★★½

5 Things About The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Aldieh
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Narrator: Ariana Delawari
Publisher: Listening Library
Source: Borrowed
Length: 10hrs and 38min
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
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 classic tales

The synopsis states that THE WRATH AND THE DAWN is inspired by A Thousand Arabian Nights, which is a story I’ve always been meaning to read because the few retellings I’ve read have been amazing. THE WRATH OF THE DAWN was no exception, but I wish there had been more of the story telling involved throughout the plot instead of just at the start. It also had elements of Beauty and the Beast which I really enjoyed (the roses, a “monster” husband are the main ones).

Gorgeous writing

If I read the physical copy I would have marked so many quotes because it’s just so beautiful. The descriptions created the most gorgeous imagery. I couldn’t get enough.


Part of me wishes I’d read a physical copy

Don’t get me wrong, the narrator did a fantastic job with the audiobook, especially considering I don’t usually love American narration all that much, but a big part of me wishes I’d read the physical copy. Mostly it was frustrating not knowing how to spell words (even though pronunciation is helpful), and I probably could have taken my time to absorb the story and words a bit more. A physical reread is definitely in order.

Khalid has me so conflicted

The romance in this is done so well but my god I was conflicted over Khalid for so long. Tariq I never really cared about, but KHALID! I loved him so much but I felt conflicted because he had killed so many woman for an unknown reason (which I was sure was good but he still killed them!). And the slow burn tension, and all the things he did, and the way he acted toward Shazi just made me like him more and AHHHH



I need the sequel now

Immediately after finishing THE WRATH AND THE DAWN I requested THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER. I need more of this world and characters, not to mention answers after that cliffhanger! I really hope that the magic we saw glimpses of in this one has a bigger role in the sequel because I love me some magic in fantasy.


THE WRATH OF THE DAWN was absolutely brilliant. I love the world, the writing, the characters, and the romance. I cannot wait to read THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER to see what happens next. It’s a duology I need to by my own physical copy of ASAP. Highly recommend to fans of fantasy and romance.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.7

24 Responses to “5 Things About The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh”

  1. Sara L.

    I actually wasn’t that crazy about the romance in The Wrath & The Dawn. But I did love the writing (especially the sensory elements, like the smells and ALL THE FOOD) and the desert setting. But in general, this was a so-so series for me, since I found The Rose & The Dagger disappointing. :/ Maybe you’ll like it more than I did, though.
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    • Bec

      The writing and setting were definitely the biggest parts I loved. The plot and romance were nice additions haha.

      Aw that’s a shame :( I’ve started it and I’m enjoying the parts I’ve listened to so far so hopefully!

    • Bec

      He’s so precious! I’m glad there’s a decent reason for what he’s done, but it’s still so conflicting.

      The world building is excellent!

    • Bec

      It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year! So well written and beautiful.

      Ugh Tariq. I didn’t care about him at all.

  2. Kelly

    I just recently reread The Wrath and the Dawn… I don’t think I fully appreciated the writing style the first time through, but it really is vivid and quite artful. (And the physical copy IS lovely.) (I am the worst cover-judge ever.)

    I’m really looking forward to seeing what you think of the sequel!
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    • Bec

      I feel this! I can’t wait to reread a physical copy and experience the writing that way because it’s difficult to fully appreciate the vivid imagery on audio. Plus it is so pretty on the outside ;D

      I just started the sequel and like it so far!

    • Bec

      I haven’t read the original Arabian Nights but really want to one day because I’ve read so many things based on it.

      I hope you get the chance to read this series soon!

    • Bec

      There was a lot of hype around it which set some high expectations. Sad to hear you didn’t love it all that much but it happens :/

  3. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I feel like I REALLY need to read this book! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative review for it, which is kind of amazing.

    Also: retelling. And lovely writing. Conflicting romance. Fantasy. These are things I LOVE.

    I will have to see if my library has a copy, because now that the sequel is out and I can binge read the entire series *cheering*

    I hope you like the second book as much as this one, Bec!
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  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    SO HAPPY that you loved this Bec :D I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did but the GLORIOUS prose won me over hard. And I was worried about the romance but that ended up winning me over in the end too hehe! I definitely recommend reading a physical copy just to let yourself bask in the words ♥ I still need to read the sequel but I am DYING to!! GREAT review^^ xxxx
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    • Bec

      With all the hype I knew I’d at least like it, especially seeing as some close friends also really enjoyed it. I’m glad I loved it as much as everyone else! The romance could have gone very, very badly haha.

      I just started the audiobook of the sequel! Slowly getting through it (I’ve been too tired to properly listen recently :/)

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