The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights and the start to a new fantasy series. I listened to the audio version of The Wrath and the Dawn, which messed up my reading experience a bit I think, but it also turned out to be still not the right kind of romance to woo my cold cold heart ;-). Really, if the description of The Wrath and the Dawn appeals to you, you’ll probably love it. If not, then you’ll probably be like me and enjoy the lovely writing, but not fall madly in love with the story.
Note: I received an audio copy of The Wrath and the Dawn from the publisher. Listening to the audiobook greatly influences my reading experience.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Narrated by Ariana Delawari
(The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Published by GP Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th, 2015
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy, Romance, YA
Page Length: 395 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.
- The world of The Wrath and the Dawn is quite entrancing. We get a good idea of the palace and city, but also details about the landscape outside of the city because we aren’t limited to Shahrzad’s perspective. There are a lot of details included to really bring the world to rich life around you.
- There is magic in The Wrath and the Dawn! I hadn’t been sure if there would be, but there definitely is a solid fantasy element. Magic carpets, deadly fire from the sky, and a mysterious illness!
- I really enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters of The Wrath and the Dawn. Shahrzad’s attendant in particular was amusingly sassy with her own agenda running underneath all of their interactions.
- I am always skeptical when a romance is supposed to go from hate to love, but I think that The Wrath and the Dawn pulled it off pretty well. I was convinced and not rolling my eyes, so that’s a good sign ;-).
- The main strength of The Wrath and the Dawn is really the writing. I’ve seen some reviews describe it as a bit too purple, but I didn’t notice a problem and had a great time listening to all the descriptions on the audio.
- Unfortunately, the narrator for The Wrath and the Dawn isn’t all that great. I had a hard time keeping track of who was speaking in the dialogue because the narrator used the same voice for everyone or wasn’t consistent with the use of different voices. She also made Shahrzad seem a bit snarkier than I think she would be in the text.
- While I was convinced of the change in feelings for the romance, I couldn’t help but feel like it was still rather shallow. The things that they liked about each other were mostly surface level things and they didn’t spend enough time together to actually know each other hardly at all. This does not a good relationship make.
- For someone with a pretty clear goal, Shahrzad seemed to get distracted from that goal really easily. It was pretty clear that she didn’t actually want to succeed early on, which just made her seem flaky to me.
- Given the premise, I was annoyed at the lack of stories in The Wrath and the Dawn, especially since one of them is never finished! I must know!!! Oh wait, is this a meta-trick to get me to read book two???? >.>
The Wrath and the Dawn will appeal to readers who enjoy heavy romance with just a bit of fantastical elements. The Wrath and the Dawn very much delivers on what the description would have you believe, so if it sounds exciting to you, go for it!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
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