Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Summary: 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?
Omg… Can someone please get me the next book, like, now, please??
My favorite part of this book was the romance. Khalid and Shahrzad… *sigh.* I think I’ve just found my new OTP… (and if Tariq tries to barge in on this I will personally hunt him down). I felt so attached to both of them on such an emotional level, like I just truly understood their relationship. Actually, I really liked all of the characters… The author did a fantastic job of giving each their own unique personality, of making me love the protagonists and hate the “villains” (although they’re not just straight-up villains, obviously – they have their reasons).
Another thing I loved about this book was the atmosphere. The whole book had these magically secretive/mysterious undertones, and yet there were also moments where I felt so comfortable and content. There was danger as well as friendship; there were secrets as well as honesty. The book was a perfect balance of all the things I needed.
Of course I have to admit that this book had its flaws (for example: the big reveal didn’t seem like such a ‘big reveal’ for me, the writing was occasionally repetitive, and some word choice was questionable), but these flaws didn’t take away any of my love for the book. I would recommend it to anyone on the hunt for a unique, lyrical story; it has romance, secrets, plots, politics, friendships, and even action. It was a really well-written, beautifully executed book.
5/5 Spectacular Stars.