Fantasy stories are some of my favorite. Faeries, vampires, kings and queens, princes and princesses, you see the words dancing around you and you’re instantly taken to a new world. What better way to escape? That’s why I was drawn to The Wrath and The Dawn written by Renee Ahdieh.
Let’s start from the cover, because who am I gonna kid? Of course I judge a book by its cover (haha). If the cover is great, I will definitely read the synopsis on the back. The Wrath and the Dawn has a red cover which instantly caught my eye. Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, the story is filled with fantasy, love and adventure, something right up my alley. I double checked the rating on my Goodreads app (a must when getting a book), and my heart was set. This book was coming home with me.
Here’s what written on the back cover:
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?
All in all it took me a mere 2 days to finish reading The Wrath and The Dawn. I was blown away. I think I could’ve finished it in one sitting if I had the option of skipping work and missing sleep – haha. I initially thought it would be like other teenage love stories, the ones that go by the following formula: you hate the boy, never mind… you like him, but no you love him! Oh wait you can’t – he’s your mortal enemy (you know you’ve read a handful of those). Although sometimes I think it’s impossible to escape that winning formula, Ahdieh mesmerized me with the beautiful way she told the story. Simply put – I love it.
My favorite part is reading letters written by Khalid. He’s supposed to be a monster. I mean, that is what us readers are lead to believe. But reading his words, you see no monster. You are able to peek inside the persona that he’s built and look straight into his soul. Here is a snippet of my favorite part.
“So I write it to the sky–
I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.”
*Swoon alert* Reading it, you just want to hug him and say everything’s gonna be okay.
Now about the ending, it’s nothing short of nerve wracking. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but simply put, I cannot wait until the sequel comes out! The Rose and the Dagger is scheduled to release on May 3rd 2016. If you haven’t read this book, you need to. It’s amazing. Go to your nearest bookstore and grab it today. You’re welcome. And if you have, comment down below so we can discuss!