The Wrath and The Dawn [Book Review]

The Wrath and The Dawn [Book Review]
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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: Putnam’s Sons books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: 12th May 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you Soudha @ Of Stacks and Cups for the giveaway
Synopsis: In a land ruled
by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid,
the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a
new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When
sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad
vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not
only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid,
weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn
could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is
nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a
tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is
this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to
understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She
resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to
take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their
love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The
Wrath and the Dawn is
a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn hit me like a punch in the face I wasn’t
expecting. And not the painful kind of punch… the good kind.
There’s a lot of
hype surrounding this book. Hype always makes me excited, but it also has the
doubling effect of making me wary. I won this book in a giveaway and it wasn’t
until a while afterwards that I decided to start this book on a nice, sunny
Sunday. I started it in the morning and did nothing else until the book was
finished. Already, I’m craving the sequel. I want it. I need it.
Before I even
begin to talk about this book, let’s just admire how beautiful it is? If you
are going to buy this book, I would highly recommend you go ahead and get
yourself the hardcover edition. The pages will be lovely and deckled, the cover
is gorgeous and the spine *melts* As soon as you take the dustjacket off you’ll
know what I’m talking about. Trust me on this one – I’m someone who doesn’t get
hardcovers often – but this one is worth it.
The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights.
I was previously unaware that this story also covers Aladdin, and that those
two fairytales are supposedly similar? Anyway, this one dips its fingers into
both. However, it’s a retelling which means of course some things are going to
be different and there is a lot more depth to this one. We get to meet Shahrzad
who wants revenge for the death of her best friend who was like a sister to
her. Khalid is killing off all the brides he has. Another death for every sunrise.
The reasoning
behind why he was doing this was a surprise, so I won’t tell you. But in the
end, as much as I disliked Khalid, I also liked him. I loved the internal
conflict he faced of curiosity and having feelings for Shahrzad, but also being
wary because of what it meant for him to not be killing his bride. On top of
that, Shahrzard has a lot of internal conflict as well because she feels
herself falling in love with her best friends murderer. That’s not an easy
weight of guilt to carry.
There was a very
undeveloped love triangle in this one. Before going to the castle, Shahrzad had
apparently been with Tariq who was a love of hers from her childhood. In all
honesty, I simply found his character annoying all through the novel. He wants
to do something noble, which is saving Shahrzad. Sure, I approve of that. But
he makes reckless decisions, is far too impulsive and doesn’t listen to any of
the advice he receives. He seemed way too childish and was simply a source of
aggravation for me.
There were plenty
of other characters that made it up for me. I really loved Shahrzad – she was
careful and clever. She knew what she wanted and how to deception and
manipulation to receive it. She was quick witted and incredibly brave. I had to
admire what a strong hearted and minded woman she was. I also liked her
handmaid, Despina who seemed a bit more brash but had a good heart buried
underneath it all.
The descriptions
in this novel were just lovely. We got a good taste of the grounds and the
castle, the setting of the story. Also, the foods they eat just sound so
delicious and rich. The words dripped with imagery and I just wanted to drink
them all up!
Everyone in the
novel seems to have some degree of trust issues. When you’re running a country
though, or sparking a rebellion in order to save your girlfriend, then I guess
it does make a certain level of sense to have trust issues. But this was
something I could relate to because it can be incredibly hard to trust people.
I believe that’s what brought this novel down to a level that readers could
relate to.
As for the plot
of the novel… it was good, but a little messy. I Tariq and the plot itself were
one of the reasons I couldn’t give this novel the full five stars that I wanted
to. I really did like the main plotline, but Ahdieh did try to embed a second
plot in there, to do with magic and powers. It was kind of all over the place
and not developed well at all. I believe this was inserted in the story for the
sake of book two and possibly the finale of the whole series as well… I just
couldn’t appreciate it. It was sloppy and it interrupted my enjoyment of
reading a bit. I simply wanted to skip over those sections and get on to the
romance plotline that I was enjoying.
Many people
complain that this novel is too heavily based on the romance. And it is. A Thousand and One nights is a
fairytale based on romance, so at least you know what you’ll be getting before
you start in on it. And the fact that the romance was a large part of it didn’t
bother me – and I doubt it will bother many people as long as they are
expecting it.
I did have a few
issues with this book, but for the most part it captured my attention until the
very end. I just wanted to keep on reading and I was hooked. If a book does
that to me, I can already tell it is. The
Rose and the Dagger
sounds equally as wonderful so my fingers will be
itching until I get it!

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Question: What was one thing you did in life that was an act of bravery?
Olivia-Savannah x

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