The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Book Summary and Info:

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Pages: 388

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: May 12, 2015

My Thoughts:

I rarely do a star rating on books. I tried before and either I felt too forgiving or too harsh. However, if I were to do stars then I’d easily give this one a 5 out of 5 without even a second thought.

I’m a huge fan of retelling stories. My obsession with the Lunar Chronicles and Alex Flynn books? That’s why I love those. That said, that is also why I loved The Wrath and the Dawn. I initially received an ARC of the book DAYS before it was released and was beyond excited because of how much I’d heard about it. But then the end of the school year ate up my time and I didn’t get to read it. Fast forward a month and I got a finished copy and decided to go ahead and read it.

I first thought the obvious- WHAT ON EARTH IS THIS GIRL DOING? I understand trying to avenge her friend’s death, but volunteering to marry a murderous  king seems a bit crazy regardless. Then we slowly get to further into the characters and I actually felt bad for the king like she did.

The novel is long at 388 pages, but it is also fast paced because of the desire to learn more about the situations in the story. I’m ready to find out more about certain things that were introduced (I can’t delve into that without spoilers, but the fact that it’s based on A Thousand and One Nights might be a hint at some things.) and to see where the story goes with the ideas that were already set into place. I already want to see what Khalid will do next based on what happens in the end.

I would highly recommend Wrath and the Dawn to anyone who is into fantasy, but specifically people who may watch Game of Thrones. I don’t actually watch GoT, but it seems like it might  reach a similar fan base based on the set up of the setting, kingdom, and magic.

Look into this book ASAP because I’m already wishing for book 2 thanks to how it ended and due to the sneak peak into the next book. This was an amazing debut, so I can’t wait to see what Ahdieh does next!

-Melanie

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