Tuesday, March 08, 2016

REVIEW: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Book Blurb: 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.

My Review: I have never read A Thousand and One Nights but after reading this book I might actually read it. I have had this book on my kindle for awhile but I have not picked it up until now. I regret that but at the same time I don't. Because now I don't have that much time to wait until the next installment of the series. I have fallen in love with Khalid and Shazi and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Shahrzad's idea to tell Khalid stories every night so that she won't die with the rising of the dawn was a brilliant. But she eventually stops telling him stories once her life is guaranteed.

Shazi had volunteered to become Khalid's next wife as she wanted to avenge her best friend's death but she and the caliph start to fall in love and towards the end of the book she finds out why he has been killing all his wives. There is also a love triangle between Shazi, Tariq (her childhood friend and first love) and Khalid. Except Khalid doesn't find out that she was in love with Tariq until almost the end of the book. There is also a war starting and Tariq and Shazi's family are in the thick of it. I can't say anymore because I don't want to spoil anything.

I'm very glad that The Rose and the Dagger is being released soon as I need to find out what is going to happen. Until then I guess I will just devour the short stories that Ms. Ahdieh is releasing from this world.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

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