The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

July 30, 2015 Review 50 ★★★★

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
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Publisher: Penguin
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 388
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Ancient Civilizations, General, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

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.

When I first heard of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN I knew I had to read it. A fantastical retelling of A Thousand and One Nights with the promise of a forbidden romance? I needed it yesterday. So what did I think when I finally read it?

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN is more more romance than fantasy. It reminds me a bit of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES in this regard, although ACOTAR has a bit more fantasy and action. Still, this was not a negative for me, because I fell super hard for this couple. Like “Favorite Couple of 2015 So Far” hard.

This is a romance that develops so well and feels completely natural and genuine. As Shahrzad and Khalid get to know each other they are also getting to know themselves, as they bring out great things in each other, things that have not been shown to anyone else.

“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”

Khalid is an absolutely fascinating character. He has so much depth, and the mystery surrounding him unravels slowly, showing glimpses of who he really is beneath the surface. (I read the ROSE AND THE DAGGER excerpt in the back of the book and FEELS.) I do wish the reasoning behind Khalid’s actions and his past with the curse were given just a bit more background and explanation, though.

The writing is this novel is so beautiful and descriptive, you can imagine everything very clearly and yet it isn’t tedious or overdone.

Things I Hope for in the Sequel:

✦No love triangle. View Spoiler » ✦Seeing more of the world Ahdieh created outside of the palace.
✦More fantasy and magic. Set up for more fantasy later on so I hope that is built upon

If you don’t mind your fantasy novels with some romance, I would definitely recommend checking this one out. It’s a well written story with fantastic characters, a swoon-worthy romance, and an ending that makes you want the next book immediately.

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

50 Responses to “The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh”

  1. Killian

    I’m pretty interested in this because I really know nothing about middle eastern folklore (I’ve also only read one book by a middle eastern author, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, which I hated) so I’m glad you enjoyed this one. It’s also good to hear that the romance actually works, so often in fantasy it feels really forced. I’m glad you enjoyed the writing style too. This book definitely interests me so thanks for the review!
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    • Alise

      I’ve seen the Kite Runner movie and read the graphic novel and liked them both well enough, haven’t read the original novel though. This one is heavily romance based so the other elements are kind of on the back-burner but yeah, I did enjoy the romance. Sure!

    • Alise

      That’s true! I didn’t expect so much romance but I was still pretty happy with this one. Thanks!

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Woot! We felt the EXACT same way about this one^^ As much as I love my fantasy I didn’t miss it here because the romance captivated me completely! I have heard though that the sequel will have more magic and that’s exciting, even though the story didn’t lessen without it here. I agree 100% about your love triangle + spoiler tag comment though: totally unnecessary. Basically I just need The Rose and the Dagger in my life ASAP XD Lovely review, I’m happy that you enjoyed this one as much as I did ♥
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    • Alise

      Great minds ;D Exactly! Ooh, that is definitely exciting I can’t wait to see how that plays out. Yeah, I really hope the love triangle setup doesn’t cause drama later on. SAME. Thanks :D

    • Alise

      Yeah the fantasy elements aren’t too strong in this one so I’d be really curious to know whether or not you enjoy it when you get around to reading it!

  3. Vane J.

    Yesssssssss!! Alise, you don’t know how glad I am that you liked this. I also loved the romance in this book. I didn’t read the excerpt, though. The wait is already killing me, so why worsen it by teasing myself? Haha. Great review.
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    • Alise

      Yay, so cool that you enjoyed it too! I usually avoid excerpts because it really does make the wait worse but this was just there teasing me and I had to read it xD Thanks!

  4. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Oooh very nice! I still need to read this one as well! Have heard amazing things about it! Glad you enjoyed it as well! This just sounds so incredible! I really hope to be reading it soon! Great review!
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  5. Kezia

    AHHHHH i’m excited to read this!! I ordered it last week using my friend’s birthday discount xD i hope it will arrive soon! I don’t mind romance stories as long as they’re well-written. What intrigued me in the first place is it’s Arabian retelling after all :D
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    • Alise

      Ahaha, awesome! I really liked this romance but it does take up most of the story so just expect that.

  6. Tanya

    So excited to see your glowing review! I just started this one last night. It is sooo outside my comfort zone (I love contemporaries) but this one sounds so intriguing and the rave reviews are hard to ignore. Hoping I love this one as much as you did! :)
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    • Alise

      Oh, nice! I really hope you like it too, fingers crossed! This is probably a good book to venture out of contemporary with though, since it is very romance based.

  7. Hannah @ Broc's Bookcase

    I’ve read a few reviews of this one recently and I’m really starting to get excited about reading it. I really like your rating system. Some people just put a star rating on their reviews but never tell you what influenced that rating, but yours does!
    I’ve been looking for another fantasy and this story really interests me (except maybe this love triangle that everyone keeps going on about!) I’m really hoping to get round to reading this one soon. Great review :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you! It’s a really convenient WordPress plug-in by Nose Graze :)

      Fantasy is my favorite genre but my favorite part of this novel was definitely the romance. There isn’t quite a love triangle yet but I have a feeling there will be in the future (but hopefully not) Thank you!

    • Alise

      Right? I totally agree :) Same here, all I can hope is that it isn’t totally filled with unnecessary drama and angst.

  8. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one too! Shazi and Khalid definitely deserve OTP of the year because they are just so perfect together like ahhhh! <3 I really hope for all those things in the sequel (final book!!). I love the Persian culture aspects added to the book and Renée's beautiful storytelling. I need The Rose & The Dagger stat. Nice review :)

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

  9. Kelly

    You had me at favourite couple of 2015, and ran to Goodreads to add it to my list.

    This sounds incredible! I’m not a huge fan of fantasy, so the thought of romance softening the storyline and with the writing so lovely and verging on lyrical, I need this. And now. I love these softer fantasy coming out this year, Snow Like Ashes, even Ember in the Ashes, it allows non fantasy readers like myself to ease into the genre. Fantastic review Alise, absolutely loved it! <3
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    • Alise

      Whoop whoop!

      I’m really glad, I think (or least reallllly hope) you will like this one then! That’s true, it definitely seems like there are some lighter fantasy books this year. Thanks :D

  10. Kat Snark

    I just picked this book up (and when I say that, I mean I ordered it off Amazon) and I’m super excited to delve into it! So glad you loved, and thanks for the brilliant review :)

  11. Faye la Patata

    Glad to know that you loved this one a lot, Alise! I unforunately didn’t (I did give it three stars, though – I liked it, just not loved it in a 4-5 stars kinda way). I do agree that I would love this book to have more fantasy and magic in the sequel, although it feels like the ending was setting it up perfectly for that. There are still parts about the ending that I didn’t fully get, though O.O Mind we talk over DM those parts? XDD
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  12. Romi

    This is such a gorgeous review, Alise! Absolutely lovely. I am so not adverse to a bit of romance in my fantasy, and although love triangles and a romance that take up most of the plot aren’t quite what I’m after, I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this to bits, when I get a copy. It sounds totally up my reading alley, and all the reviews I’ve read paint it as an utterly gorgeous masterpiece. So excited to get to it, even more so now! xx
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    • Alise

      Thank you so much! There isn’t quite a love triangle, but it was definitely set up for one and I hope the author doesn’t go that route in the sequel :c As much as I usually hate a romance taking over the story, this worked really well! I hope you like it :)

  13. Wattle

    Great review Alise :) I don’t think this one is for me (I’ve read too many romance centric things lately…if that’s even possible lol) but I enjoyed reading your thoughts!
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  14. Kirsty-Marie Jones

    Uh-oh, more romance than fantasy? Glad it isn’t a negative for you, because it probably won’t be for me either, so YAY, because I bought it when it came out (and still haven’t read it, yikes.) so got a little worried there. Glad it’s more of a slow burn too. The characters sound awesome, and gorgeous vivid writing? Not worried about this at all now.
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    • Alise

      I know! Ordinarily this would be a huge crime but it just really worked in this for some reason. I’d be super curious to know what you thought of it so let me know if you ever do read it? :)

  15. Jesalin

    I’ve been wanting to read The Wrath and the Dawn because I see it all throughout the book community. And reading your thoughts just add to my excitement & eagerness.
    Great review! (:
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  16. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I have seen this book EVERYWHERE in the blogosphere, and almost everyone has said positive things about it. It’s on my TBR, but I’m not sure how quickly I’ll get to it. For one, I have SEVENTY THREE series that I am currently reading, and I am beyond hesitant to add another one to that list (I really, really need to get my act together when it comes to series. REALLY).

    I do love romance in a fantasy book, but not so much that that is ALL the book is about, and even though those quotes are super pretty, they also seem really melodramatic to me. So I’m a little scared I won’t fall for the ship as much as other people have *hides* I guess I will have to wait and see.

    Lovely review, dear ^.^
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    • Alise

      It definitely has made its rounds! NO WAY, seventy three? :O Now I’m scared to go and count mine, I have no idea how many series I have unfinished. It’s hard because most of the books coming out nowadays are a series. But I wish you luck!

      I just went back and read them after you said that and yeah, out of context they sound kind of like every other romance but IN CONTEXT THE ROMANCE GAH. I just really liked it so I’m biased :P Yeah, if you do get around to reading it let me know! :)

      Thank you!

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