(The Wrath and the Dawn #1))
Release: May 12, 2015
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?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
Let's just start out by saying that I loved The Wrath and the Dawn SO MUCH! I have been on a big young adult fantasy kick lately and this book, while completely being just that - a YA fantasy - felt unique and refreshing. Renee Ahdieh is a debut author and man did she hit it out of the park with this one. The Persian-like desert setting, the mystery, the non-typical YA romance - LOVED IT!
Check out more of my thoughts on The Wrath and the Dawn in my spoiler-free video review below!
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
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