The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author:  Renee Adieh
Source: Bought
Edition: Tradepaperback
Publication: October 1st 2016 by Speak (first published May 12th 2015)
Category: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Retellings


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.

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤❤(5 hearts and more)

The story starts with Shahrzad willing to be one of the wives of the Caliph of Khorsan. This intrigue the Caliph because everyone knew that his wives don’t live to see the next dawn.  But the truth is that Shahrzad volunteered there for revenge. Despite loving someone else, she took matters into her hands and became Kahlid’s wife.  Unlike the other brides, she was able to live for another day because of her stories. As time passed, she was able to survive and knew what really made the Caliph kill his brides. Also, she unwillingly fell in love with him and vice versa. While the two were falling in love with each other, an uprising was brewing. This was being led by Shahrzad’s first love, Tariq. However, whatever Tariq did, Shahrzad stayed with Khalid. The story ends with Shahrzad’s father destroying Khorsan so that he could save his daughter.

The story is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. It had magic, love and all the things I love in a book. The magic carpet was truly genius. Also, the food which Shahrzad ate somehow sound divine. I believe that Tariq was not a bad guy. He just loved Shahrzad so much and most of his relatives died because of Khalid. I can’t fault him for hating the Caliph so much. Somehow, I was surprised that he was able to get the confidence of the sheikh of a nomadic tribe. However, just like the sheikh a good love story would persuade me to help someone too.

The reading experience was AMAZING,AMAZING,AMAZING. I did not have a problem finishing the whole book. It was a delightful read and I was so enamoured by Shahrzad’s bravery and mercy. She reminds me that love really does blind you but it could also be the only source of happiness you have. Lucky her, that Khalid is a good man despite all the killings he did. I gave this story a 5 hearts and more rating because I love, love, love it very much. Although, there is still a second book this one was just too good. The letters which Khalid wrote to Shahrzad were well written and sincere. The romance was just too good  that it made me frustrated for some characters would not approve of it. This story was well written that I was so engrossed to the extent that I did not read my other books.Again, I really love this book for it fulfilled the requirements which I like now and that is magic, romance and dramatic conflict. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quality read.


“My soul sees its equal in you.”
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

“You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow.”
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

“There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.”
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn


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