Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehThe Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1) by Renee Ahdieh
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
Pages: 395

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.

Return of the mixed feeling gif that expresses all the feels.

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.”



About Renee Ahdieh

Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh”

  1. I like this review. This one has been on my TBR, but I am just not sure how I feel about the insta love and the kinda love triangle thing. Those are pet peeves of mine.

    1. Thankfully the love triangle doesn’t play a huuuuge role in the book! I’m a little frustrated by the instalove, but at the same time, I really loved the romance, haha. So I guess it sort of balanced out! I hope you still enjoy it!

  2. What a lovely balanced review! A shame about the love triangle and insta-love, although I am still in love with the setting.

    1. Thanks, Jeann! 😀
      The setting is what really won me over! Thankfully the love triangle/insta-love doesn’t deter too much from the loveliness of the book (:

  3. I’m sad it wasn’t perfect, but gah, as long as it’s good I’M SO IN FOR THIS ONE. I absolutely adored this book called Shadow Spinner when I was a kid, and it’s a retelling (or historically based?) story about Sharzad. AND I JUST LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH. So I neeeeed Wrath & Dawn asap. Insta love doesn’t really float my boat though. 🙁

    1. I was sad too. But hopefully you’ll still enjoy it, I still did! Yeah the insta-love brought it down a notch a bit, but I still really liked the romance!

  4. Great breakdown of your thoughts. It is a shame the author didn’t give you enough substance with the romance to make you believe, and a triangle eek gads.

    1. The love triangle definitely wasn’t necessary! Yeah, just a little more substance would of helped push it up a few stars! Thanks, Kim!

  5. Ohh, I want to read this so badly! I’m not terribly sensitive to love triangles or instalove a lot of the time, so hopefully those won’t bother me. Not learning about the dead brides makes me sad, though, since of course that’s one of the best sounding parts!

    I’m obsessed with the mixed feelings GIF, oh my gosh. MIXED FEELINGS ARE THE WORST.

    1. Haha, than I think you’ll really enjoy it! The writing was beautiful! I really wished she did more with the dead brides!

      Mixed feelings, definitely the worst. I love that mixed feeling gif 😀

  6. I think I was also sitting at a 3.5 rating! It ended up being rounded up to 4 stars though. The potential love triangle is kind of forced, in my opinion. The whole book is focused on Shahrzad and Khalid – leave them be! LOL

    Anyway. I understand the mixed feelings. Excellent review, Cyn! 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle either. Exactly, loved their romance, even though I thought it was kind of insta-love, haha.

      Thanks, Alyssa!

  7. I’ve just started reading this so it is good to know it ends on a cliffhanger so I’ll be prepared. I wish it was a standalone novel though. From your review it sounds like it was a good book in spite of a few flaws.

    1. Like super cliff hanger!! I kinda wished it was too, haha. Or at least not such a terrible cliff hanger. Hope you’re enjoying it!

  8. NO. NO. NO. I AM IGNORING THAT MENTION OF INSTALOVE, OKAY? IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. AND THE LOVE TRIANGLE. I’M IGNORING THAT TOO. I’m just focusing on the beautiful and vivid writing, okay? Good. 🙁 I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS. I think I’ll be okay though, I mean, I’m forewarned, so that should help. Shame it doesn’t delve into the mystery of the all the murdered brides though. 🙁

    1. OKAY! I think (hopefully hopefully!!) you’ll still enjoy it! The writing was quite lovely and I did like the romance despite the instalove. MORE MYSTERY SOLVING! That’s what I demand, haha.

      Hope you enjoy it, can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  9. I’m bringing this baby on vacation, so I’m excited about the world you’ve described, Cyn. Hmm, I love a good romance, so I’ll cross my fingers there and beware that dreaded triangle, lol.
    Thanks, for the lovely review : )

    1. Oh, yay! Hope you enjoy it!! The love triangle isn’t too bad, more unnecessary…
      Thanks, Kim!

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