“A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights” (reneeadieh.com)
As a library aide, I have access to books that aren’t even in the catalog system yet. The lovely librarians told me that I could take any book I wanted and read it before it goes out. The cover of this book caught my attention and the description confirmed my intention of borrowing it.
The book is set in the made up Middle Eastern Kingdom of Khorasan, ruled by a caliph. Every night, he marries a new young woman and by the light of the new morning, she is dead. One girl is determined to find stay alive through the night and kill the caliph after he kills her best friend.
The prologue starts off with a young man watching the sunrise with his father. A guard comes up to them, tells the father, “It is done,” and walks away. Then the first chapter cuts to Shahrzad, the next bride, getting ready to meet Khalid, the caliph. Her father comes in to say goodbye, and she reminds him of his promise to her; he was to take her sister and go to her childhood love Tariq’s house, where they will be safe.
When she meets Khaild, she vows to live to see another day so that she can kill him. She manages to stay alive by starting to tell him a story, but not finishing it. She continues her trick, only to do the unthinkable: She falls in love with him. She hates herself for loving him because of all the horrible things he has done, but she soon learns his secret as to why he must kill all of his brides. She discovers that he not the horrible monster she once thought he was.
Shahrzad and Khalid’s relationship is threatened by her furious childhood love Tariq, Khalid’s suspicious father, a fragile government, his inner demons, and her hesitancy, not to mention a powerful magic (yes, magic!) yet to be controlled by Shahzrad’s father, which he attempts to use to save her, but is ultimately the cause of the couple becoming separated.
The Wrath and the Dawn is hands down the best book I’ve ever read. Renee Ahdieh tells the passionate story of Shahrzad and Khalid with captivating thoughts of desire, strife, and hidden turmoil.
I have to warn you though: The ending is a cliffhanger and you will want to have the sequel NOW. But, alas my friends, you will have suffer with me for 6 more months until May 3rd, 2016. She has, however, released the cover of The Rose and the Dagger. Her website says that she is going to be releasing a third book in 2017; it isn’t clear if it will be a part of this series or not.
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