Monday, January 8, 2018

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (Book 1)

The Wrath and The Dawn 
by Renee Ahdieh
395 pages
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Plot: 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. (2017,

Review:  Set on seeking revenge for the death of her best friend, Shahzrad al-Khayzuran volunteers to be the next bride of the Caliph of Khorasan.   Her mission is to kill the king and stop the needless deaths of countless young girls.  Khalid is a young Caliph with a terrible curse.  But, in order to save thousands sacrifices have to be made.  But, as Shahzrad gets to know the King, the more she realizes something is not right.  She cannot find the murdering madman within Khalid and her resolve to kill him weakens by the day.  Conflicted by her emotions, Shazi must uncover the truth - no matter the cost.  

Renee Ahdieh does an amazing job with this story.  I was hooked from page one!  The character development and storytelling was just perfect.  Shazi is a strong heroine and I love how she never loses who she is, even when faced with so much!  She is a silver-tongued firecracker!  My favorite scene is when she takes Khalid to the marketplace  - very much like Aladdin and Jasmine except in reverse!  Full of romance, adventure, and twists you will not be able to put this book down!  Recommended for ages 16 and up!  

Book 2: The Rose & The Dagger

Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖
               5 Hearts!

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