The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Young Adult, Romance
Each dawn brings heartache to a new family in a land that is ruled by a murderous boy-king. Khalid is a monster and he is also the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan. Each night he takes a new bride and each morning a silk cord is wrapped around her throat. Sixteen-year-old Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride when her dearest friend falls victim to Khalid. Shahrzad is determined to stay alive but to also end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Shahrzad beguiles Khalid night after night, weaving stories that enchant and ensures her survival though she is very aware each dawn could be her last. Something she never saw or expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’s imagined him to be. This particular monster is also a boy with a tormented heart. Shahrzad incredibly finds herself falling in love. It can’t be possible. It is an unforgivable betrayal. She is determined to uncover whatever secrets lurk in this palace of marble and stone and despite her love she is ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he has stolen. Is it possible for their love to survive this world of stories and secrets?
This is a great story that takes the reader on a wonderful ride. It has some great twists and turns. It will also have readers wanting to and reaching for the sequel to this book. While it is inspired by A Thousand and One Nights this one makes it a story that stands on its own very well. The characters are complex and engrossing and make for a very rich complex story that will have readers falling in love with it.
I give this one 5 red roses