Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Book 1 in The Wrath and The Dawn duology

Published in 2015

344 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

Let’s talk about the plot:

I’ll keep this brief, and spoiler free. Oh my goodness this book! Where do I start? It was utterly insane, from the word go I was instantly obsessed and with Shazi all the way! I wanted answers and I wanted revenge on her part! What followed is a twisted tale of betrayal, heartbreak, sacrifice, deciet and love! And it was honestly wicked and wild every step of the way! 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Shazi was easily my favourite character, I couldn’t get enough of her! She is so wild and witty and loving and brave above all! I definitely think she’s one of the bravest characters! And I loved how loyal she was with Shiva, the flashback scenes were so emotional and I definitely felt Shazi’s grief, as well as her thirst for revenge; but of course not every thing is as simple as that, as Shazi found answers to questions that she’s long been seeking, what follows is conflict, torment, acceptance and love. I admire Shazi for many things, one being her undying love for her family, the other being her quench for answers, period; and I loved her friendly banter with Despina, although there were times when I was weary of Shazi’s handmaiden, too. 

Khalid honestly was a character that had me furious at the start and then by the end I was floored. I was furious because I didn’t understand how he could constantly do what he’d be doing but with zero remorse? And as the writing progressed, I was shocked and devastated by what came about, not to mention speechless; I never could’ve seen any of the revelations coming! 

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was so vivid, beautiful and emotional! All this and more was packed into Shazi and Khalid’s story, and honestly I cannot even anticipate what will come in book 2! The fact that this series is only a duology scares me, because I already love these characters so much! The book had some sure fire funny moments, and at other times I was terrified for what could happen next, and this increased as the story went on. 

What concluded was such a unique, horrific and emotional story if there ever was one! Can’t wait to read The Rose and the Dagger.

And that concludes my review, until next time, Happy Reading πŸ™‚

Brooklyn xx

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