Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, 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.
I’ve got mixed feelings.
I can understand the hype around the book and but I also get the people who were a disappointed with it. If you don’t know by now, this book is inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, and I was hella excited for it. The story tells of Shahrzad who volunteers to marry to the Khalid, Caliph of Khorasan. Khalid has been executing his brides, and no one knows why, but Shahrzad uses stories to elude her dawn executions.
The Wrath and the Dawn is a beautifully written book. It’s vivid descriptions and feeling of such resplendence had me wishing this was a movie, because damn would it be a gorgeous film. The stories within the stories are lovely and the mystery surrounding the deaths of the bride is intriguing. And I loved the idea of the grand romance between Shahrzad and Khalid. When they’re together, it makes you just want to sigh with awww (or puke) from the utter romance of it.
“My soul sees its equal in you.”
“You honestly expect me to breathe in a world without air?”
That being said, while the idea is grand, and I loved the notion of the romance, the actual relationship felt super insta-love. I felt we weren’t given a strong enough reason why Khalid decided not to execute Shahrzad, or why Shahrzad felt enough love for Khalid that she would give up her revenge. Oh and don’t even get me started on this weird, sorta love triangle going on too. Pretty unnecessary.
I also had a little issue with the execution of the story. I found parts kind of dull (mainly the parts not in Rey, the capital city), but it may be because I expected more to happen in the book. I had hoped for more magic and I wished we delved deeper into the mystery surrounding the murders of the all brides. The last parts of the book however did start to really bring out the drama (and a cliffhanger, boo)! I did really like some of the secondary characters too, they were interesting, and complex and I would love to see more of them.
Overall, it was a lovely read and a good promising start to a new series. While it had it’s faults, The Wrath and the Dawn is still worth the read. The lush and grand written will sweep you away into a magical, Arabian night.
“Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable…and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power.”
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