Narrator: Ariana Delawari
Publisher: Listening Library
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).
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.