Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Pubilcation Date: May 12th 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult
One Life to One Dawn.
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.
WOW. I wasn’t expecting that. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly expected The Wrath & The Dawn to be good, but I didn’t think that I’d be as blown away by it as I am. This is another book that completely deserves the hype it’s receiving. It’s a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, which is a story I really knew nothing about. It’s also probably the most diverse Young Adult book (lets save the whole diversity in YA conversation for another day) and the first Persian/Middle Eastern book I’ve ever read. It was a totally different experience for me, and I loved it; it was absolutely wonderful – as simple as that.
I’m not going to go into the plot because I didn’t know a thing about it before I read this and I think that made the story extra special, so my lips are sealed! But I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. This book is easily one of my favourite books of 2015.
“People fall in and out of love with the rising and setting of the sun. Rather like a boy who loves the color green one day, only to discover on the morrow that he truly prefers blue.”
Renée Ahdieh is an extremely gifted writer; she makes the words come to life so vividly in my imagination. Her storytelling is so rich and beautiful. Nothing is left out; the clothing, the walls, the food (oh gosh, so much delicious food – I was in a constant state of hunger whilst reading this). The story is also told in multiple POVs, which I love in a fantasy novel.
I didn’t get bored for one second; I always wanted to know more. It was full of constant action, and the second half had my heart going. I believe the words on my Goodreads status update on page 281 were: “SHIT IS GOING DOWN AND ASLKJALDKHDF I LOVE EVERYTHING”. That was me the entire friggin’ time.
Sharhzard, our main character is amazing. At one point I thought there might be a love triangle, but I don’t think there will be one because she knows who she wants 😉 Whilst we’re so conveniently talking about who she wants, may I interject and say that I SHIP THE SHIT OUT OF SHARHZARD AND KHALID. I was constantly like “oooh” and “awwwww” and “they’re soo cute”. The things they say to each other, the way they connected ASJAHSDKJASH. He lets her fight her own battles, but stands strong behind her; always ready. Seriously I felt warm in my heart for them that’s how touching their relationship was to me. I LOVE THEM AND THEY NEED TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER OR I WILL CRY. THIS IS NOT NORMAL I’M A BLUBBERING MESS.
“You are — remarkable. Every day, I think I am going to be surprised by how remarkable you are, but I am not. Because this is what it means to be you. It means knowing no bounds. Being limitless in all that you do.”
Now, let’s talk about the other characters. THEY ARE ALL PRECIOUS. I loved all the characters; Despina, Jalal, Tariq, Rahim, and even the Rajput. Except… Jahandir, Sharhzard’s father. That man has completely lost the plot and is hands down batshit crazy; I’m terrified of what he might become in the next book. STOP YOUR POWER TRIP, MAN.
“I wish I possessed your particular brand of optimism,” Rahim grumbled.
“And what brand would that be?”
Another thing I loved in this book was the magic; although it’s not really prominent in the beginning, and I liked that it didn’t take over the whole story but played an important role in everything.
ANYWAYS, I’m going to shut up now because I think you should just go and read this book! It left me feeling all warm and fuzzy and JUST GO WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE!?! 😀
|Overall:||4.9 / 5|