Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
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Pages: 388
Source: Purchased
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.”

are you weak in the knees yet

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!?! 😀

Rating Report
Overall: 4.9 / 5

About Renee Ahdieh

Renee Ahdieh

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and her dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, is available wherever books are sold. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

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  • Reply
    Alexandra A
    November 7, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Great review! I really need to read this book asap! Heard so many great things about it!

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      November 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      You really must! It’s an amazing book! 😀

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    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages
    November 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Wow, this is such a high rating!!! 4.9 of 5?! That means I have to read it ASAP. It’s on my shelves for too long anyway and finally needs to be picked up … I really adored your review a lot and it only made me so much more excited to finally start this beauty!!! Love, love, love, love, loooove it! 😀

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      November 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much and YAAAAAAAS, you NEED to read this so we can fangirl ALL THE THINGS together!!! 😀

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    November 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    The world building sounds impressive and I like how the magic became more of a focus as the story progressed. Great review , I am thinking I need to add this to my tbr pile.

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      November 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      It really is a great book, you should read it if you get the chance! 😀 Thanks for stopping by, Kim!

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    Lily B
    November 7, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    gah what are you doing to me D: I love a good retelling and this authors writing looks amazing. I have been debating of purchasing it for a week now and I think now I have to

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      November 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Hahaha you need to read this! It’s a beautiful book! I can’t wait to know what you think of it! 🙂

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    trish @ Between My Lines
    November 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I totally agree about the food, I was starving while reading it and the next day I ended up buying a lot of food inspired by what I had been reading about! Their feasts sounded amazing
    I have to admit I was very confused at the start and it took about a long time to get in to it but when I did I fell in love. I loved the lush, descriptive writing.

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      November 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      OMG so I was not alone with the food thing – haha I totally did the same thing! The first 50 pages were a bit slow for me too, but after that I was totally in love with it. Glad you loved it as much as I did! 😀

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    November 7, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    It’s great when a book lives up to the hype, I am always a bit hesistant to read a book that got a lot of hype for fear it’s not as good as it sounds. This sounds like a well written and original story. I know very little about the A Thousand and One Nights story beside the title. And haven’t heard of any retellings of that story so far. The blurb makes me curious about the author will writen the change in main character and how she falls in love with him while she hates him first. I like it when an author describes the setting well. And I am really curious about the magic now and how it’s handled. Great review!

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      November 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you! It seems all the really hyped books I’ve read lately have lived up to my expectations (except Red Queen, unfortunately). This really is a special book, and the way she falls in love with him is done very well – I hope you get to read it soon! 🙂

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    November 7, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    This ended up being one of my favorite books of the year. Everything just worked. Glad SHARHZARD knew which guy she wanted and that the author didn’t string us along with the love triangle. KHALID is definitely my new book boyfriend.

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      November 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      YESSSS. It is just so perfect. And YESSSSSS KHALID! 😀

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    November 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I knoooow right? It is amazing. I loved it! 😀

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      November 8, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Soooooo amazing! Glad you loved it too! 😀

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    November 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    “I SHIP THE SHIT OUT OF SHARHZARD AND KHALID.” Awww yeeeah! Love them, easily one of my favorite ships this year. I really hope the author doesn’t do anything about the love triangle situation. And the quotes you included-GAH. I want to reread this one now xD

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      November 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

      RIGHT? They are definitely one of my favourite ships this year! I was not expecting to love them as much as I did! I know, for once I actually don’t want a love triangle! xD

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    December 10, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I neeeed this book!! Too bad I’ve got no money and my library is too outdated to get the newest books *sigh* guess I’ll have to wait to read this expectedly AH-MAZ-ING book!

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      December 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      It is soo good, I really hope you get your hands on a copy of it soon! 🙂

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    December 14, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    This book sounds soooo good. Can’t wait to read it.

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      December 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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