Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh book cover and review
The Wrath and the Dawn  is an exciting albeit loose retelling of One Thousand and One Nights and The Arabian Nights. I'm must admit I'm not familiar with the details of those stories, but this retelling hit the right notes for me.

The Caliph of Khorasan takes a new bride each evening and executes them at dawn. After her best friend becomes a victim, Shahrzad volunteers so that she can execute the Caliph and get her revenge.

She manages to stay alive by beginning a story that she hasn't finished before dawn, so the Caliph agrees she can finish it the next night. Well, after that he just falls head over heals in love with her, so he can't execute her.  Yea, there was a bit of instalove that seemed a bit unlikely. Especially when Shahrzad begins to have feeling for her captor just as quickly. Yes she's torn because she's supposed to hate him and murder him, but it seems instantly that she is swooning instead of hating.

Other than that, I really like the storytelling and the pacing. The excitement builds, since there's obviously a reason the Caliph has behaved this way, because Shahrzad sees his softer side.  And Shahrzad was practically engaged to someone and he, along with Shahrzad's father, is bound and determined to rescue her -- except she doesn't really want to be rescued. Oh, and there's a magic carpet that doesn't play much of a part here, but I'm certain we'll see it in future books.

Shahrzad finally convinces the Caliph to explain why he's been compelled to be such a brutal leader and shortly after that, The Wrath and the Dawn ends, so yes, there's a huge cliffhanger.  The sequel, The Rose and the Dagger is scheduled to be released in May. If you like books with curses, magic, and evil plotting, then The Wrath and the Dawn is one to check out.

Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR, May 12, 2015
eBook obtained from the library
416 pages

Rating: 3.5/5

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