Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Page count: 388
Average GoodReads Rating: 4.7
Hello, my lovelies.
I am here today to review and opinionize (is that even a word?!?) about this beautiful book, The Wrath & The Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh.
Provided a below is a brief summary, thanks to my ol’ friend goodreads.
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?
Ooooh, can you feel it?? Can you feel the tingle crawl up your spine? The feeling you get when you’ve found a good book? Yes my friends, I can relate, because that is exactly how I felt. I stood in the library reading the summary and held the book daintily in my hands, fearing to drop it. It is a treasure more valuable than gold.
Well all books are tbh. This book gave me a feeling of enlightenment and exposed me to a new and fantastic world similar to the Arabian Nights or Aladdin. I mean, honestly, who doesn’t love a good ol’ Middle Eastern based romance story? Actually… Don’t answer that. *coughs awkwardly* Moving on…
My Thoughts When I First Began the Story:
I started the book in an excited state–I was so looking forward to it and I was utterly thrilled when I read the summary which caught my attention immediately. However when I continued on, the characters were whirling around my head and all the unidentifiable vocabulary confused me (I later found out that there’s a glossary in the back–I know, how utterly stupid of me). The characters names were a bit abnormal, and I went through the story thinking that ‘Shaharzad’ (the main character) and Shazi were two different people. I found out later that Shazi was just a nickname. On another note, the setting is explained in inexplicably beautiful detail, really emphasizing on the Middle-Eastern setting similarity. Shaharzad’s thoughts are clear and precise, and I especially enjoyed her encounters with other people and the dialogue.
Throughout the Book:
After getting used to the characters and being able to identify them– the read became smooth and pleasurable. The writing is so eloquent and graceful, reminding me of a ballet dancer that never trembles. Truly astounding. I thank the author for that. (Thank you, if you ever read this!) So, as Shaharzad continues throughout the journey, attempting to avenge her best friends that died at the hands of Khalid, she finds herself falling, falling, and falling for the murderous Caliph (while she left a lover at home). Her emotions resemble a treacherous sandstorm. Despite this, she keeps her head up high, keeps her wittiness, and impresses all those around her during every moment. I found myself inspired by the amazing Shahrzad, her strength, courage, bravery, and daring personality. The author has made me fall in love with this astounding character, along with Khalid. I’m not even going to get started with his preciousness ❤ .
Overall, this was an outstanding read, and I am so glad I picked it up! This book will have a special place in my heart (and perhaps bookshelf
just kidding I don’t have a bookshelf) The diversity, language, characters, setting, mood, and every single thing in this book was astounding! Despite my slight confusion in the beginning, the experience was perfect. If you’re a person who loves reading about strong women, diverse settings, new cultures, curses and storytelling–this book is perfect for you!