Title: The Wrath and The Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Rating: 1001/5 stars (see what I did there)
THIS BOOK! HOLY MOLY YOU GUYS! IT WAS WONDROUS AND EXQUISITE AND CHARMING AND JUST NOTHING I’VE EVER READ BEFORE! THIS HAS REPLACED EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING’S SPOT AT THE TOP OF THE LIST OF BOOKS I ABSOLUTELY ADORE AND I JUST CAN’T *breathes* Okay for real though, let’s get to this review.
So this story follows a boy king (Khalid) who brings in a new wife each day and kills them by wrapping their necks in cloth by dawn. A girl named Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride solely for the fact that her best friend (Shiva) was one of the many brides he killed and that she wanted to get revenge for his actions towards the lives of such innocent girls. Shahrzad also swore she’d live to see more than one dawn and does so by telling the king stories to prevent her death, but the improbable happens; Shahrzad starts falling for this enigmatic king whom she’s told is a heartless murderer who brings terror to his kingdom – she starts opening up to him and discovers the man behind this wounded shell. But all the lives he’s took? Her best friend and so much more – how could she betray them? Can Shahrzad find a way to end this once and for all? Their love? A tale inspired by A Thousand and One Nights comes a story so heart-wrenching it’s sure to have the readers hooked.
Ugh where do I begin. Shahrzad reminds me so much of Celaena, that badass, clever, and sassy main protagonist who’s determined to get what she wants and to do what she wishes. Then there’s Khalid (whom I personally think is INSANELY SWOON WORTHY) who’s this man of steel on the outside but a dainty little boy on the inside. He’s passionate about the people he loves and who he is as a king. All the other characters were just as amazing and different in their own ways, I especially loved Shahrzad’s handmaiden (whom you’ll get to meet in the book so I’m not saying anything! 😛 ). There’s also this love triangle involving the king and one of Shahrzad’s childhood best friend named Tariq (The Selection fans anyone?) in this book but it wasn’t as evident throughout it all. Nonetheless, I do prefer one of these boys over the other (if you’ve read the book, comment down below who you prefer! 😉 ). Overall the story was extravagant and WAY better than I expected. I’m not usually a big fan of Fantasy (not one at all, actually) but this book really took me by surprise. The magical element isn’t that heavy in the story but oh, it’s there. So you high fantasy (and even contemporary) lovers out there, what are you waiting for? Head to the nearest bookstore and PICK. THIS. BOOK. UP. NOW.
I’m soooo excited for the next instalment; The Rose and The Dagger that’s going to come out on 2016! I need the book now please. ❤