Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Received: Received a copy from Penguin Canada in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 12, 2015
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One Life to One Dawn.
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.
Oh my gosh, what to say about this book other than how utterly spectacular it was!! I went into this book knowing it was going to be good just reading reviews on it, but when I opened it and truly started reading I never realized how sucked in I would get. Right away the book will pull readers in and I found myself wanting to know what will happen with Shahrzad next.
After so many females have been murdered after marrying Khalid, and the last one being Shahrzad's best friend, she decides that it is time to fight back, all she needs to do is get through each night. To survive, Shahrzad weaves together stories that keeps Khalid enthralled until morning and slowly she learns more about the Caliph and somehow she begins to fall for this monster. There are so many secrets hidden behind the walls of this kingdom and Shahrzad is slowly able to gain the trust of Khalid and learn what is behind these mysterious deaths.
I absolutely loved Shahrzad's character, she is strong and feisty, yet she has such a strong heart and when she loves she truly loves with all her heart. Shahrzad begins to understand Khalid in a different way and she wants to defend him and stick around longer so that she can learn that much more and have Khalid open up that much more to her. I have to say that Renee Ahdieh has an amazing way with words, everything about this story keeps you drawn in as Shahrzad's stories begin to connect with what is happening between her and Khalid.
Honestly, I don't know what else to say other than go out and get this book, it is a magical story, with mystery and romance to really connect to all readers. It is even better that this book is inspired by such a classic story as A Thousand and One Nights, with everything that happens with these characters I cannot wait for more from this series.