My friend Addison has been onto me about reading this book, and I finally got around to it recently. To say that I loved it with all my crooked heart would be the biggest understatement of the year.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
This is one of the most beautiful books I have had the privilege to read. It’s descriptive, and flowery, and empowering, and so very heart-poundingly good. I have never read anything like this in my life.
I generally stay away from retellings, not as a rule, I just find that sometimes authors work to hard with using the skeleton of the original tale into their story rather than allowing their own tale to weave and bend and make its own narrative. However, Ahdieh knows how to weave a story. She knows how to write characters who’s love or drive for something is so deep that it makes them monsters.
I loved Shaharzad. Her determination and strength and flaws were so artfully written, so beautiful at every turn, I could not stop reading. She is a protagonist I could root for for the rest of my days.
I particularly enjoyed how feminist this story was. Shazi was a character who would stand up to anyone that stood in her way whether it was the king who threatened to kill her at dawn every morning or a snarky visiting royal. She would not take no for an answer.
I didn’t realize this was a series until I finished the book and it left off at such an astounding cliffhanger. I must know what happens, and I will for sure be buying it in hardcover.
I gave this book 5 stars.