The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Review by Sarah
The Wrath and the Dawn is a story rich in culture, high in tension, and wonderfully witty.
When Shahrzad volunteers to be the new wife of Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, she does so with one goal in mind: to avenge the death of her best friend. The young boy king had been taking a new wife each night only to have her killed the next dawn with a silk cord wrapper securely around her throat, and even knowing this, Shahrzad still volunteers willingly. With her cleverness and story-telling she manages to survive night after night in Khalid’s palace. Unfortunately, while she slowly becomes accustomed not only her to new life as Calipha of Khorasan, but also to her husband, Shahrzad’s friends and family on the outside arewaging a war to try and get her back to them.
It was easy for me to find myself enticed by this world that Ahdieh had created; it sounded exotic, luxurious, interesting. The characters were interesting too, with their wit and charm, and in some cases the secrets they kept, that helped the story move forward. The storyline was compelling, magical, and kept me turning pages and falling more and more for the characters as they faced numerous challenges to overcome and choices to make.
The alluring nature of this novel will most definitely leave readers anticipating and wanting more, as Shahrzad leads them through an enchanting, spellbinding tale.