Review: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

wrathGoodreads Book Description:

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.


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My (Non-spoilery) Thoughts:

The Tales of 1001 Nights is very close to my heart so The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my most anticipated releases of last year. As soon as I heard about this book I was building it up in my head so if this would’ve tanked I would’ve been very very disappointed. But as it turns out I really love this book. Enough to call it one of my favorite books of the year( & of all time lets be honest).

Adhieh’s writing style is so gripping. I was really blown away by how beautifully written this book was. Her writing grabs you and transports you to this beautiful world and the images are so clear. You can see it, taste it, it’s very wonderful.  If the story wouldn’t have been so great the writing alone would’ve carried me through to the end. I especially like the attention to details and oddly enough the chapter titles, they are really imaginative.

Other than the writing my favorite part of this book was Shazi. As far as protagonist go she’s strong, smart, a little hard headed but charming. Not only Shahrzad but all the characters. I love them all and they’re written so beautifully and complex which makes them so real to me.

And the Romance?! It’s so lovely and magical and ugh! Shazi and Khalid are so perfect for one another. It wasn’t instant it was slow burning and sweet. These two complement each other so well. This is seriously the ship of all ships people!

All I can say is believe all the hype that comes with this book. Pick it up. Love it and come fangirl over it with me.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


This review was a long time coming! I’m happy I finally have my thoughts down on a new all time favorite. Have you read The Wrath and the Dawn? If so what did you think of it? Did you love it or hate it? I’d love to know! Till next time,

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