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.
When I heard this book was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights I knew I had to have it. I’m so happy that this book did not disappoint and will be added to my shelves as a favorite. The story begins with a prologue that sets up some of the mystery behind why the Caliph, Khalid, has his new bride murdered every dawn. I was immediately captivated. Ahdieh wasted no time in throwing us into the story and having Shahrzad thrown into the palace and danger. The book was beautifully paced and kept me riveted and tense.
The setting was absolutely breathtaking. I had to break while reading it to do some research on Khorasan and A Thousand and One Nights. I needed to see pictures, read more and educate myself about this area. I love when a book can pull me that deep into the setting that even while I’m not reading I’m thinking, researching and seeking more knowledge on the location or topics presented.
Ahdieh was more than capable at painting the scenes with her words and really had me completely immersed. I could picture the palace, clothing and landscape clearly.
I wasn’t sure when starting this book if it would have any magic or fantasy and I’m so happy that it does! It was small tidbits, magical realism, but beautifully incorporated. It’s so hard to describe how much I enjoyed this storyline.
Not only did The Wrath & The Dawn have a beautiful setting and intense storyline the characters were multidimensional. Time was spent to give the reader a sense of the main character, Shahrzad. I immediately respected and liked her; I wanted her to succeed and felt fear for her when she was caught up in sticky situations. She was a bold personality that was brave, smart and loyal. She wasn’t perfect by any means though and I felt that she was very relatable.
Khalid on the other-hand was more of a mystery. The reader isn’t certain of his motivations right off and we learn of him as Shazi does. I felt that I had a sense about him that I was able to prove as I continued to read. I loved that he was given grief, guilt, anger and so many other emotions. He was very complex and complicated which made him a favorite of mine.
All of the characters dealt with their own personal demons, motivations and guilt. I thought that Ahdieh did a brilliant job in giving all of her characters immense depth.
The Wrath & the Dawn became an instant favorite and I’m so eager to read the sequel because wow…what a strong world, story and amazing characters. I’m in love.
The Wrath & the Dawn will be available May 12th 2015
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