The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Summary: 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 A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
Review: I was drawn to this book first off by the cover. It is beautiful! And when I read the jacket cover, I knew I would love this book. I am now dying to read the original story it is inspired by. Almost from the beginning I really loved the main character, Shahrzad. I did struggle a bit with the names at first because some were a little bit similar and I have no idea how to pronounce some of them. But I quickly got over that once the story developed more. I was totally intrigued by the reason all of Caliph’s brides died the morning after their wedding. I needed to find out the reason. I was completely drawn to Khalid the more he was in the story. I found myself pulling for him so hard even though there was something obviously wrong about why his wives always had to die. I don’t want to give anything away but there are some great developments in the plot that will keep you hooked for the entire book and more. I finished this book over a week ago and still find myself thinking about it. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out!