Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on 2015-05
Genres: Action & Adventure, Ancient Civilizations, General, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
#1 New York Times Bestseller A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer.
Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she's falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
Why didn’t I read this book as soon as I bought it? – me @ myself
The Wrath and the Dawn was oddly what I did and did not expect. I knew from reading reviews that the storytelling would be beautiful and that the romance was written in an admirably eloquent style and at times just plain swoon-worthy (of course that’s where the conflict comes in with the plot and its questions on whether Khalid is actually a monster or not).
At first, I was wary because of the hype and how often hype lets me down (not naming names but most people can think of at least one example), but The Wrath and the Dawn lived up to its hype like a champ. Even with my initial doubts (because of the heavy—but still beautiful—descriptions of just about every object in the early chapters), I came away loving this book so much.
The world building was amazing. So vivid as if I had been watching a film instead of turning the pages of a book. I loved Shahrzad and the whole cast of unique characters. Khalid was an interesting male lead with some great lines but he still feels like a mysterious shell (hmmm). With such a vast world and so many intertwined stories, I’m anxious to see how everything unfolds.
Tariq can rescue me any day.