Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

SYNOPSIS:The Wrath and The Dawn

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.


I am on the fence with this book, there were things I liked and things I didn’t like. First, I wasn’t a fan of the names…it is extremely difficult for me to get into a book when I can’t even pronounce the characters names. Secondly, the first half of the book was extremely slow. I mean there was a little bit of action and excitement but I was bored and thankfully the last 40% really picked up my interests.

Once I got the name down of all the characters (there are a great deal of secondary characters), I really enjoyed how developed and complex they were. I loved Shazi and how she developed and progressed as a character as well as how Khalid changed over the course of the book. The ending is a huge, monstrous, epic cliff-hanger where I literally sat there after the last page and said, “That’s it? That’s how its going to end?”. Was this a 5 star read for me, no. Will I pick up the second book, yes.


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