Series: The Wrath and The Dawn #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Omigoodness did this book have action. From page one, you are completely thrown into the plot with no time for water and not a single bathroom break. I read this novel from start to finish in one afternoon! Usually with fantasy I love when authors take their time explaining the world to you, letting the magic system and character arcs present themselves lazily. This novel however, didn’t need that at all. I loved Shazi, the main character. She was an amazing heroine for this story, I basically just want to be her. The sense of culture brought in by the author was fantastic, I literally sat in awe looking at photographs of the places, things, and food mentioned through the entire novel for hours. It’s like entering through Alice’s Looking Glass and finding yourself in an enchanted Bazar. The mystery displayed itself at a perfect pace, and the way the romance unfolded was so fresh from the normal insta-love that all YA books can help but have, I loved every second. I’m still unclear as to who or what the villain of this story is – as well as what will happen in book two. This series is only a duology, and I can’t figure out where it’s going to go! Seriously, if you haven’t stopped hearing about this yet and have yet to pick it up: go do it. I regret not reading sooner, and if you will excuse me, I’m going to go make Pinterest inspiration boards while I wait for book two to arrive in the mail.