And The Dawn
(The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
by Renee Ahdieh
Published: May 12th, 2015
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retellings
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
A fierce combination of a hypnotic retelling, rich fantasy, and a beautifully conflicted romance, that stole my breath away and had my heart aching for more!! THE WRATH & THE DAWN was beyond anything I'd dreamed it would be, and so epically wonderful!
Wow, WOW, WOOWWWWW!!! I can't even begin to form the right words to express the love I have for this book!! From beginning to end I was transfixed, and awed with the backbone of this world, and the complexity of the world building that spun the tale of this epic story, and made this world into what was.
I fiercely loved these characters, especially Shazi. She was such a badass protagonist, even though I did have my ups and downs with her. I ultimately connected with her and her conflicting emotions to love the man her heart desired. Even as she struggled not to give into her heart because of the lives he took. And at first I was a little disgusted with how Shazi could even entertain the idea of falling in love with Khalid for the things he's done. But at the same time I knew their was more to the story of him just wanting to be a hateful and controlling monster. I mean it was obvious by his actions and personality that he cared for his people, and it was heartbreaking to see him forced into things with such a big impact on so many lives. I thought the characters had layers upon layers of development, and inciting mystery behind it all that I just wanted to piece together like a puzzle, seeing where they all fit and unfit. And ultimately, by the middle of the book I shipped Shazi and Khalid so hard, that it was painful to watch the obstacles in their way to each other, yet thrilling and heart-pounding to endure.
One hundred lives for the one you took.
One life to one dawn.
Should you fail but a single morn,
I shall take from you your dreams.
I shall take from you your city.
And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold...
Revenge is the sweet song that Shazi's craves. The ache in the pit of her stomach, the blinding rage pounding in her heart, the eager determination to seek justice, the compelling thirst to draw blood, to exact revenge on the one that shattered Shazi's world...
Shahrzad's mission is simple...
Volunteer to become the evil boy-king Khalid's wife, play her roll as the dutiful wife, find a way to be granted a stay of execution, find Khalid's weaknesses, exploit them and play on his desires, and then drive a dagger deep through his heart, watching the life drain from his eyes with the pleasure of revenge dripping from the blade in crimson...
Shazi thinks she has it all figured out, but when her plan starts in motion, and the truth behind the deaths at dawn start to unravel, Shazi realizes with a horrifying start, that the boy-king is not the evil villain she once felt deep within her heart. He is a pawn in this vicious game just like her, the king forced to make moves that will shatter their kingdom and rattle the foundation they once knew.
The longer Shazi stays in the palace, and the more she gets to know Khalid—the real Khalid that very few get to see, the more the ice begins to melt around Shazi's heart. Revealing a desire, a need, a connection to the boy that has broken so many homes, ended the lives of so many girls, her best friend included, the more Shazi can't seem to fight the love pulsing through her heart, pushing out the rage and hate she once felt for him, trading it with something dangerous, something deadly, something unforgivable to the rest of the world. But Shazi can't find the strength to fight it anymore, and she's ready to let go and let loose, and lose herself completely, to a murderer...
THE WRATH & THE DAWN was beyond perfect, beyond epic, and beyond anything I ever expected from it. It was such a blast to read, reeling me in from the very beginning, and making me fall desperately in love with everything in between!!! I really can't find anything negative to say about THE WRATH & THE DAWN, or any reason why anyone wouldn't enjoy it. I mean of course their will be some people who will find reasons not to enjoy it, because not everyone will like every book they read. But for me, it was perfect, which is weird because I went into this book not really expecting much from it. It didn't really sound like something I would enjoy, let alone love. But Renee Ahdieh surprised me in more ways then one, and griped her claws into my bookish heart, where she will stay for years to come...
Overall, THE WRATH & THE DAWN was a spectacular first installment that I absolutely adored!! If you like fresh retelllings, with an awesome cast of characters, a hot and complicated romance, with war brewing in the background, set on the foundation of an evil curse, then THE WRATH & THE DAWN is one book you won't want to miss!!
NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Putnam Juvenile (Penguin) for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
ABOVE AND BEYOND THE NORM RATING!!!
I live in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with my husband Victor and our dog Mushu. My YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published in 2015. In my spare time, I like to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of my characters.
I’m also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.