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 »Tariq just seems unnecessary. « Hide 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.”