The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
In a land ruled by heinous young king, each dawn means the death of a new bride, and the pain of loss to a different family. Khalid, the eighteen year old Caliph of Khorasan, is truly a monster. Every night he takes a new bride only to have her murdered at dawn. When sixteen year old Shahrzad’s best friend falls victim to the kings murderous rage, she takes action and volunteers to be his next bride. She is determined to stay alive and to get vengeance for all those lives lost to this lethal boy-king.
Night after night, Shahrzad weaves adventurous stories for the Khalid, enchanting him with her words, ensuring her survival, even when each dawn could be her last. Soon she learns something remarkable: Khalid is nothing like what she expected him to be. He is a tormented soul and incredibly Shahrzad begins to fall in love. But not everything is as it seems in the castle on the hill. In order to create change, Shahrzad needs to uncover the secrets long kept by Khalid, and despite her growing love for him, she may still need to take his life as retribution for all the pain and torment he caused and the lives he stole from families all over the land.
Can her love save him or is he bound to drown in his torment and secrets?
I can’t gush enough about this book. It was enchanting and endlessly beautiful. Ahdieh’s wording is effortlessly gorgeous and the magic that she brings to the pages is amazing. Shahrzad was a fantastic character to read and her development throughout the story is strong and poignant. Khalid was a surprise. I knew there had to be a reason for why he was the way he was and it was definitely heartbreaking. He treated Shahrzad with care and when he called her joonam my heart just melted and I wanted everyone to see the good in him that Shahrzad saw. I could go on and on. It was simply stunning and I can’t wait for the next book to come out in May!
Rating: 5 stars