The Wrath & the Dawn

The Wrath & the Dawn

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#1 New York Times BestsellerA sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One NightsEvery 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780698185890
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: The wrath and the dawn


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Apr 03, 2018

This is a retelling of 1001 Nights- or, if you're familiar with Disney's Aladdin, the Genie's reference in his Friend Like Me song, "Sharhzd had a thousand tales." It was tough to get into at first, since it takes place in the Middle East- an area I'm not familiar with, and the strange names and honorifics did confuse me for awhile. As soon as I got a handle on it, I really began to enjoy myself. There's only hints of magic here- a floating carpet, a curse, and the ability to light candles. It isn't central to the story, like so many YA fantasy novels, and this magic takes a backseat to the romance, which certainly takes center stage. I quickly became wrapped up in Sharhzd and Khalid's relationship, and was not happy when the story shifted to her father or Tariq. Had I been reading the actual book instead of listening to it on Audiobook, I would have just skimmed through those chapters. Tariq comes off as whiny and petulant, and acts like a 3 year old who has had his favorite toy taken from him. Shazi and Khalid's relationship progresses at a believable rate. I really felt for both of their struggles- neither of them wanted to fall in love, it simply complicated things. I was happy to see that the book started off with them being married, and having sex right away- something you don't often see in YA novels, and it was refreshing. It set the stage for them actually making love at the end of the book, and showcased that there is an obvious difference between the two. Shazi is the strongest leading lady in YA that I've seen in awhile, and that was also very refreshing. She fights with her words and actions. She is unafraid to do what is right. She's spunky, brave, and demands the truth. I will most definitely be reading the next, as this ends on a cliffhanger.

OPL_AutumnH Feb 13, 2018

One of my favorite folk tale retellings. The characters are engaging and multifaceted and the story never drags. And the setting details are gorgeous - I want to be in those places and most especially eat all the amazing food described.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

A loose retelling of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights with an epic romance

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jan 22, 2018

This book is a poorly written retelling of Scheherazade. Khalid marries a new woman every day and then his wife is killed in the morning. Shahrzad is determined to avenge her best friend who was one of Khalid’s wives. She volunteers to be Khalid’s wife with the intention of killing him, but she doesn’t have a plan. Shahrzad considers herself independent and strong, but she is weak and indecisive around both of her controlling love interests. I think the author wants us to be sympathetic to Khalid, but curse or no curse, he’s a terrible person. There are really disturbing consent issues, and I think the author meant it as a compliment to Shahrzad that Khalid forced himself on her on their wedding night. It was disgusting. There are also numerous plotlines that don’t go anywhere, and are probably just setting up the second book. I won’t be reading that.

Jan 10, 2018

Here's my simple assessment of this book: the main character was badass. She was amazing, witty, intelligent, sharp, and brave. I admired her and wanted her to succeed in all the things. But the story surrounding her was not well done. I felt like a character like that deserved more -- I wished for more intensity, more depth. But I just got a love story with a weak love triangle and I was disappointed. I think it had a lot of potential but it could have been better.

Also, the audiobook of this book is crap. The character doesn't change voices and makes it difficult to keep track of who is speaking what and when.

Nov 26, 2017

It really was a fun read. I may have seen some of the plot twists coming, and had a hard time in the beginning keeping some of the character names straight in my head, but overall it was a novel about looking past a person's reputation or actions and searching for their emotions and motives.
The main character is a fiery, independent woman who hates letting other people make decisions for her. I loved her, honestly. I thought in the beginning that her strength would visibly sizzle out as the novel went on and as she fell in love (like many other books I've read), but I was thankfully wrong. Shazi kept her stubbornness and tenacity strong throughout the entire book and I was incredibly happy for it.
Some side characters I wish I knew more about, and could delve a bit into their stories more, but otherwise I could feel their need in the plot.
Not sure how I personally feel about Khalid yet, but I can understand Shazi's feelings towards him.
Also, I loved the stories she told, and was very grateful that they weren't overlooked and paraphrased to save time.
Great read, nice one to relax and kill time with.

Oct 04, 2017

5 STARS AWEE I loved this book so much. Thank you, Renee Ahdieh. “I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it." “Love is—a shade of what I feel.” ― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn. This book was amazing and I couldn't put it down. The characters were perfect. The plot was perfect. The everything was perfect. I was so sad when I flipped to the last page. I also loved that it wasn't instant love AT ALL. Shahrzad actually hated Khalid with everything she has ever lived for. Throughout the book, so much awesome and heartwrenching stuff happens and I adore it all. I especially love Khalid. He seemed so unloved before Shahrzad came and it broke my heart. But as the book went on he opened his heart and it was so sweet. Sorry, this review was short but I didn't want to spoil or hint anything that happened in the book because it's so GOOD. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is a beautiful retelling of the classic story: "A thousand and one nights." For those that do not know, it speaks about a newlywed man and woman who are caught in a well told story. The man needs to kill his wife, but cannot as she never finishes her story before dawn and he never finds the end. This continues for a period of, well, 1001 nights, and she lives. I liked how it was fleshed out and a backdrop of other people came to life. By volunteering, the protagonist had to leave behind all that kept her rooted. In this, she was captured but also set free.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 03, 2017

Loving these books and the characters... can't wait to see where this story leads :)

Jun 21, 2017

The tale of Scheherazade is a tricky one to retell, especially if you want to attempt to redeem the murderous king, so I applaud Ahdieh for such an ambitious attempt. It was largely successful – I loved all the details of Middle Eastern culture, and I found the characters to be layered and intriguing. However, the fact still remains that the ethical quandary at the center of this book cannot be satisfactorily resolved – the caliph is drawn as a sympathetic character, but the fact is that even though he was forced to murder his previous wives for a good reason, he then abandons that perfectly good reason as soon as he falls in love with Shahrzad, so…. I don’t know! Tricky morality, and it’s hard to know what, precisely, to root for in terms of outcomes. Needless to say, I’ll be interested to see how Ahdieh resolves all of it in the sequel.

PimaLib_ChristineR May 19, 2017

The Arabian Nights seems to be one of those books that everyone knows about but not many people have read the whole thing. We know that we get the story of Aladdin, and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves from it, among countless others, but it is the back story that Renee Ahdieh takes, and turns into something magical. Caliph Khalid takes a wife every day, and murders her by sunrise. Shahrzad decides to offer herself as his wife after he has killed not only 70 or so women, but her best friend, Shiva. By getting close, she believes she can exact revenge and put his reign of terror to an end. But here, the story deviates from the original, because the Caliph is not the man he seems to be. Something has forced him to into this course, but because he trusts no one, especially the woman who volunteered for almost certain death, it is impossible to find out why this has happened. The more Shahrzad sees the difference between his actions and the murders, the more she wants to learn, and the less she wants to kill.

All the characters are in their late teens/early 20s, and as is typical, they all seem to think they are smarter than they are and indestructible. Watching them move beyond the typical is a joy, and listening to the tales of Shahrzad, no matter how repeated, proves why they've endured so long.

I honestly didn't know if there would be a second book, but I had to have it as soon as I finished this one. The larger story, outside of the love story, is what keeps this from being a typical love-triangle. From those who think they act out of love, to those who feel they've been overlooked, every character brings something to make this novel more than the sum of its parts.

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