January 9, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Book one in The Wrath and The Dawn series
Publisher : G.P Putnam’s sons books
Publication date : May 12th 2015
Source : Purchased in Ebook
Rating : Evil Love
Synopsis (from goodreads)
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.
This story is about khalid, the caliph of Khorasan, who takes a new bride every day just to kill her at sunrise. Shahrzad’s friend, Shiva, became one of the caliph’s wife and his victim, so Shazi volunteered to be the new bride with the only purpose to kill Khalid. It turns out that the caliph isn’t so bad and Shahrzad begin to fall for him.
Shahrzad is a young woman, very impressive; she’s strong and doesn’t hesitate to speak to the Caliph as his wife. She knows how to use a bow and is very angry with Khalid. I like her a lot, she’s not naïve like a lot of girl, she doesn’t enerves me either. I like the way she took her life in her own end. She’s angry but she wants to know the reason behind all these victims. I found her very mature and I want to know what will happen to her next.
Khalid is a good Caliph, he’s kind and he has his own reason to kill his wife. He doesn’t do it because he’s evil, not at all and he suffers a lot. Shazi is the only one to break his barrier. I love him, he’s dangerous, jealous, and strong and he can kill a man easily. It’s hard for him to keep secret from Shazi. She will have a lot of work to find them.
Tariq is Shazi’s friend and boyfriend; he doesn’t understand why she volunteered and want to save her at all cost.
Jalal is Khalid’s cousin; he knows the secret and wants to help Khalid. He likes Shazi and helps her to understand his cousin’s too. I like him because he’s so sweet and charming, he’s not like the other guy, he wants to protect Khalid and be his friend.
Despina is Shazi’s handmaiden, she’s very nice and I like her too, she knows very little but she’s a good person.
This story is just amazing, I’m in love with all the characters, they are strong, confident and they suffer for many different reasons. The interaction between them all is very intense.
Renée Ahdieh described fantastically the feeling of the character, you can’t read this book and don’t love them, you’re crying with Shazi and you’re wishing to could hug Khalid and help him. She created a good story inspired from A thousand and One nights and I’m impatient to read the second book because the end is just awful.
I recommend this book to all the people who love retelling and great fantasy story.
About the author
Renée Ahdieh lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, is available wherever books are sold. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.
She’s 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.