Need a book with a lush setting, lush world, lush characters, and delicious writing style? I can tell you, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN has exactly that. It’s everything you want in a book and more. If you want to learn more about the book, check out the cover and synopsis below:
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.
If the premise isn’t enough to hook you, let me tell you WHY this book was amazing. First of all, the characters were full of heart. Shahrzad and Khalid (OTP 5ever), Despina and Jalal, even Tariq… each character had their own complexities and backgrounds; they each had struggles–or something you could connect to. Or, like me, you just wanted to root for them in the first place (no matter how evil or… not). I won’t get spoilery, but this book is full of twists and turns!
The thing I loved most about this book was the writing style. Seriously–Ahdieh’s writing style is a feast for the senses. Rich writing, vivid world-building, prose that’ll sweep you off your feet and just sings–no, flies–off the pages… If you need more YA with richly built and imagined worlds, and several passages of food descriptions (that’ll make your stomach grumble… fair warning), this book will do it.
I just read this book last month, but Sarena listened to the audiobook in May and said it was amazing. (And it’s also very helpful for pronunciations!) However, going into it I knew it would be very heavy-handed on the romance… and much lighter on the magic. Though I definitely prefer the opposite of that (less romance, more magic), I think Ahdieh still created an immersive world and I wasn’t even really bothered by the fact that romance trumped all else. Because, in my opinion, I actually thought there was more magic than people give the book credit for (and it was sprinkled lightly throughout the book, not just at the end!). Again, that’s just me, but I thought Ahdieh did a good job of balancing both.
I also really appreciated the diversity in this book, and that it wasn’t set somewhere we’ve seen way too often in YA.
Have you read this book? If you did, are you highly anticipating The Rose and the Dagger (because we are!)? Let us know in the comments below!
We rated this book a 4.5/5 stars.