The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is essentially a retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights, and since I am fairly new to the idea of it, this book was a nice introduction. So I’ve never read One Thousand One Nights, but I would love to give it a shot because I am really intrigued by all of these stories.
Overall, one of my favorite aspects of this book was Shahrzad’s (Shazi) personality. She was so refreshing! She is incredibly witty and silver-tongued, and it was humorous and relatable for me. Her sass kept the book going (along with her handmaiden, Despina).
It was interesting to read the different plot threads throughout the book, trying to understand where they would all meet up near the end (to set up for its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger). The characters were all mysterious, and it’s difficult to tell who to trust and what each character’s intentions were.
Goodreads summary of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh:
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.
My Review of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh:
I really liked the plot of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, although personally I thought it could have used a little more depth or explanation in order to justify some of the actions taken throughout the book (by the Caliph, by Shazi, etc.).
The characters in this story were all very intriguing for their own reasons. Some were witty and humorous, others were mysterious and untrustworthy. Everyone has an ulterior motive that slowly unravels throughout the plot.
I read through this book fairly quickly, it’s a standard YA novel size. But what I like besides that is the fact that this series is a duology, which I think is a nice change.
This book was well-written with an interesting plot. However, there were a few things I felt myself to be kind of frustrated with within the plot.
I give The Wrath and the Dawn 4/5 stars.
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