The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
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.
Words cannot even begin to describe how much I
this book. This is easily one of my favorites of 2015 so far,
and it's hard to believe there could be a better start to a series out
there. I just finished reading The Novice, and I thought that was amazing, so I was never expecting to love another new series just as much. But I did. The Wrath and the Dawn
is a spectacular read that is sure to appease fans of Arabian Nights or
even Aladdin. This book grabbed me from the beginning and never let me
go. I simply couldn't stop reading, and the story stuck with me long
after I finished. You know a book is good when it makes that kind of
I was enthralled by this book from the very first
chapter. The world itself is so interesting and intricate, but you are
never once confused. This is told from several perspectives, and I
think this aspect of the novel was handled not only beautifully, but
also expertly. Ms. Ahdieh wrote with the grace and finesse of a
seasoned author, and her writing will sweep you away on this spectacular
journey. I do think it was crucial to the story that there were
multiple perspectives as it added greatly to the book. This is not to
say that without the multiple POVs the book wouldn't have been as
amazing (because I'm sure it would have been), but it made the story
much more complete and well-rounded to be able to see what was going
outside of the palace where Shazi was residing for the duration of this
One of the best parts of this book was Shazi's character.
She is simply one of the best female leads I have read in a long time,
and my love for her rivals my love for Caelena from the Throne of Glass
series. Seriously, she is that amazing. Not only is Shazi headstrong
and independent, but she will fight with whatever she has in her in
order to survive and fulfill her plot for revenge. It's hard not to
lover her honestly. She has a great humor about her and her
relationship with Khalid is like no other. Khalid himself is a
wonderfully complex character, and I loved the mysterious nature to him.
When all is revealed about Khalid's character, I just felt so strongly
for him, and my love for him knows no bounds.
between Shazi and Khalid is simply beautiful. I highly applaud Ms.
Ahdieh for creating a romance that is sure to captivate readers right
from the off. Quite simply, this is one of the best
romances/relationships I have read and even though I didn't want to love
their relationship as much as I did (hello...Khalid killed Shazi's best
friend!), did that effect me one bit...NOPE! I still shipped them like
no one has shipped before. I was rooting for them almost immediately.
Ahdieh must possess some sort of writing magic, but whatever she has
she must use this power to continue writing absolutely amazing books.
The plot is incredibly creative and will keep you on the edge of your
seat. I am so intrigued by the magic, and I can't wait to find out more
about it in the second book, The Rose and the Dagger.
Her writing is poetic and flows off the page. You will want to
re-read this book as soon as you're finished. I highly recommend that
you read this book because if you don't, you will miss out on an
Happy reading :)