“You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow.” ― Renee Ahdieh

Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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“You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow.”
― Renee Ahdieh

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
First Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 388

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.

The tale of Shahrzad and Khalid was in one word, spellbinding. I knew after only reading the first sentence that I would be hooked on this lyrical tale. As if it bewitched me, the words called to me. Not one sentence bored me, let alone an entire page. The fact that I heard this tale before is even more impressing, for I actually thought it would be very predictable and therefore, dull... Boy was I wrong... There is not one person I wouldn't recommend this book to.

The characters were absolutely well-written which made me empathize with them more.  I also enjoyed the fact that even though it’s written for a younger audience (young adult), adults can enjoy this book just as much. I was already familiar with the culture described in this retelling of the Arabian Nights, but still acquired quite a lot of information about it.

What I was worried about before attempting to read this novel was the manner in which women would be portrayed. I was afraid that they would be described as being oppressed. However, quite surprisingly, the opposite was the case.  This was rather tremendous in my opinion and that’s why I chose an extract of the book to illustrate it. (See below).  This is undoubtedly one of the best books I read in 2015.

Khalid was beside her in a few long strides, pressing his hand to the ebony door. Preventing her from leaving.“What do you want me to do?” he said in a low voice.She did not look up, though her heart thrummed in her throat. “Prove that a real man doesn’t make a show of what’s his. It just is.”“Is it? Are you mine?” Khalid asked with quiet solemnity.Her conviction wavered further. “I told you; don’t try to own me.”“I don’t want to own you.”She swiveled her neck to meet his gaze. “Then never speak of sending me away again. I am not yours to do with as you will.”Khalid’s features smoothed knowingly. “How right you are. You are not mine.” He dropped his palm from the door. “I am yours.”

I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading retellings and YA.

Rating:  ★★★★★

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  1. Gorgeous cover! Great review, I will definitely have to check this book out, it sounds quite interesting!

    1. It definitely is. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did to be honest. :)