The Wrath and The Dawn
by Renée Ahdieh
A The Wrath and The Dawn Novel (#1)
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
on May 12th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
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.
Exciting & Unique
First of all, I’m not a huge fan of retellings I prefer uniqueness over everything else, but after I read Cinder on December I wanted to know if the others where well worth a reading.
That’s how I ended up buying The Wrath and The Dawn, a retelling of Arabian Nights.
If you haven’t read or don’t remember Arabian Nights. This is the important stuff about it. The anonymous story is about a girl with a funny and awfully complicated name who has recently married the ruler of her country; a cruel Emperor who is known for killing his wives. Said girl doesn’t’ want to get killed, so she finds a way to catch the interest of the Emperor. Every time the Emperor comes to her at night she tells him a story so exciting and long that when the night is over the Emperor can kill her because he wants to know what happens in the story next.
I didn’t remember very well Arabian Nights and the exact plot by the time I started reading The Wrath and The Dawn so I don’t know how similar are the stories.
This is why I can honestly say about Renée Ahdieh’s work
Sixteen years old Shahrzad is moved by revenge when she volunteers to married the Young Caliph of Khorasan. An eighteen years old boy who has been killing each one of his bride at dawn by executing them. But for her plan to works she has to win Khalid’s trust first. And that’s something you can do in a single night. So yeah, as in the original story she narrates stories to Khalid to catch his interest.
But with each passing day she sees a new sight of Khalid, a sight you would never believe exists in a man who carries so many deaths on his shoulders.
Ahdieh’s twist of magic was exactly what her book needed to be exciting and unique. That and her well-developed characters where what makes this book a must read.
On the other hand, I sincerely think that it wasn’t necessary to divide the story in TWO books. TW&TD was full of exciting scenes and great quotes. And that makes me think if Renée Ahdieh could do a good job to reach the expectations her first book has created.
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