The Wrath & 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.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here with another review! I recently read The Wrath and The Dawn, and absolutely loved it. It deserves the hype it has!

“There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.”

Stars (Out of 10): 10/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: This book went way above my expectations. I found the plot extremely intriguing, and the combination between romantic plot and more action based plot was really well balanced. In addition, I grew to love the characters extremely quickly, and I liked the diversity in their personalities. Overall, it was a really great read, and I’m excited to start the next one!

The Good: I liked all the main characters, and most of the side. In addition, I really liked the plot, and the culture found in this world!

The Bad: The only thing I disliked about the book was Tariq’s POVs at points, as I didn’t care for his character at all. But the intensity/interest I found in Shazi’s POVs more than made up for it. Also, in the beginning it was a tad bit hard to keep up with the characters and new words, but I got the hang of it fairly quickly.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Characters: I loved learning about the characters in these novels, as so many had very interesting back stories, and seemed very well developed because of that. They seemed to almost all have valid reasons for their actions as well, which made both the plot and their personalities make sense. I am also glad that this book did not fully reveal every facet of the character’s and their stories yet as well, since that means we get to delve even deeper into their pasts in the next book!

The Plot: I really enjoyed the layers we found in the plot, from the romantic one going on between the triangle, to the rising action of an oncoming war. I also loved the magical layer this all had as well, with a curse playing a huge role, and the foreshadowing of beginning magic in Shazi! Overall, I felt it was pretty well balanced too, as I enjoyed both the romance and the actual political/kingdom story going on as well, which is not necessarily common, as novels often are more developed in one aspect than the other.

The World Building: I really liked the culture and world built in this novel. I’ve never read a book with this sort of culture, and that made the world even more interesting without the extras the author added into the world. Just as I liked the Grisha novels and how they had their own language and customs, I really liked how this one did the same.

The Favorite Character: Shazi & Khalid (sorry, I’m predictable)

Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it!

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