Are you ready for something intense and unexpected? If so, The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is the book for you.
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
The Wrath and The Dawn (TWATD) is one of those books that everyone has been buzzing about and I abused my one-click ordering button from Amazon (Sorry Hubby!) to get it to my front door pronto. It was totally worth it.
The premise for this story is so unique and intriguing, and you really get what you expect. This story delivers by presenting a world where young brides are sacrificed each dawn by the Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid. Shazi is there to get revenge and the pages are filled with heart-pounding moments where the reader is unsure if Shazi is going to live another day.
Something unexpected, but oh-so-needed in the Young Adult world, was the world of Khorasan. It was so vibrant and realistic, where I could feel the sand of the desert across my face and taste the exotic fruits on my tongue. Renee Ahdieh presents a very diverse world, where everything from the scenery to the names to the traditions reflected a completely different culture. I loved it.
The mystery of the sacrificed girls is the center of this story, which is wrapped in the unexpected and intense romance of Khalid and Shazi. I felt like I held my breath through many of the scenes, as I waited to see if Shazi would make it to the dawn. Their relationship is the epitome of tension (what’s more tense than falling for the man who killed your best friend, for seemingly no reason). As futile as it seemed, I cheered the whole time for them to open up to each other and just trust. This book ends with a heart-breaking cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to see what happens next.
This was a beautiful story of terrible secrets and the unexpected arrival of love. After reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, I didn’t think I could read anything that could compare, but this book holds its own.
TWATD is the first book in a series and the sequel The Rose and The Dagger will be released in 2016.
STARS: 5 out of 5