Wrath and the Dawn, The

Renée Ahdieh
“A riveting Game of Thrones meets Arabian Nights love story.” - US Weekly 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2016-06-13

4.5 out of 5 stars

Swept away, with no desire to return

Let's start with what I didn't like about this series:  There were only two books! 

From the very beginning, I was sucked into this other world and it's amazing characters.  Not only did it feed into my Number One Guilty Pleasure by having a love triangle, but it also deviated from what is quickly becoming my Number One Pet Peeve of dealing with high school or college aged young adults.  Yes, the characters in these novels are young, but with their intellect, quick wit, and self-knowledge, they feel much older and easier to relate to - besides the fact we aren't dealing with a high school situation!

The author is amazingly gifted with her descriptions - making the show versus tell requirements of writing seem like the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. 

Also, the characters are all so different, yet they are all written to where you feel like you understand and know them.  Shazi's character's strength and confidence is strong from the very beginning, making the readers respect her from page one. 

Finally, as a fan of the supernatural genre, I am surprised to say those pieces of these books played no role what-so-ever in my enjoyment of the story.  Yes, it had its part to play, but had the author found a way to write the same story with no supernatural aspects, I still would have enjoyed it just as much. 

Pick these up and read them!

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