Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn

Book Review: The Wrath & The DawnThe Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th 2015
Pages: 388

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.


The Wrath & The Dawn begins much like the story of A Thousand and One Nights, one of my favorite tales to be retold. It quickly turns into something more though, as Shazi is a force to be reckoned with. After her best friend has been killed by this boy king, she decides she will give herself freely as the next bride and is determined to kill the monster before he kills her. What she isn’t prepared for, is falling in love with the monster. She knows there is more to the story as Khalid is not the monster she set out to kill. She finds in him a companion and starts to fall for him against her better judgment.

Beyond Shazi and her viewpoint is Tariq, the boy that Shazi grew up with and was in love with until she becomes the bride of Khalid. He will not sit still and starts to rally people to fight against the mad king who has killed all these daughters of his land. Tariq is also strong-willed and definitely has the heroism effect on others around him. He’s a bit brash and doesn’t always use his head, but he is in love after all.

I really felt transported by this book and swept into the romance and danger of it all. I’m curious as to if there is more beyond the explanation given in this book for the killing of the young women – I wasn’t quite satisfied with the answer I was given. I was hoping for more magic and maybe it is to come in the next volume, as we do see Shazi’s father and his use of the magic in this book.


A tale of romance and desperation, a vivid retelling of an old tale with some new twists and memorable characters.

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