The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Where did I get it? I bought it
Synopsis: 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?
I opened this book unsure what to expect. I heard so many great reviews, but this isn’t the kind of novel I usually like, so I was skeptical.
I shouldn’t have worried. The story began straight away with Shazi the MC getting ready to marry the Caliph. Immediately I was captivated. The writing just seemed to flow and I couldn’t stop turning the page. Like Shazi, I felt myself warm to the Khalid as we got a glimpse past his carefully controlled facade.
The Wrath and The Dawn was narrated from alternating perspectives and although I generally prefer a novel told written in first person, I found that I didn’t mind in this case.
All of the characters were portrayed in depth, helping me to understand the reasons behind their actions. I can’t wait to see where their story goes in The Rose and The Dagger.