The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

*This review has some spoilers.*

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”


Synopsis from GoodreadsKhalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all. Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

Feelings: As I type, I’ve just finished reading this book. I started it today (8/22) and finished it…today. I couldn’t be stopped. I read the prologue a few weeks ago, but lost interest. I decided to try again today and was HOOKED. I’m feeling all the feels right now. I want Tariq to go home (without Shahrzad obvi) and for Khalid to get rid of this GOD-FORSAKEN CURSE already somehow please seriously soon now please.

I LOVED how Ahdieh adapted A Thousand and One Nights and morphed it into this young adult book. Sometimes, fairy tale-inspired books don’t jazz me (see Cruel Beauty) but this one was so good so good so good. I found the Arabian influences really beautiful and fairly uncommon amongst YA books. The story was really just…refreshing. And the writing *AH* the beautiful writing. I feel like I’ll now read anything Ahdieh writes.

Issues: This book has a lot of moving parts. I didn’t care anything about Shazi’s dad. Hopefully we’ll get a little more information about what’s up with his power (and whatever Shazi’s may be) in the sequel. If not…I won’t be a happy camper reader. At this point, I’m really not 100% sure what’s up with the magical element to this book. Where does it come from? What types of magic exist? Plus, what’s the physical toll the curse has on Khalid? Is he really not sleeping? Is that part of the curse? Who’s the magical guy that comes to ease his headaches?

Love triangles…*sigh*…I honestly abhor them. Yes. Abhor. The big thing I’m worried about with a sequel is that this love triangle will become more distinctly triangular. Tariq is getting nudged out, but if she’s going to leave with him and run off to stop her father from burning everything up via lightning…they just better not get a bunch of one-on-one emotion-filled time together. I don’t want x1000 for their “first love” business to ignite again. #TeamKhalid

Characters: Can we talk about how freaking cute Jalal and  Despina are? I want more of that in the next book. I also hope that in the sequel, Jalal graduates to major character and is a little less funny sidekick and more funny main hunk because he is bae. (Did I seriously just say that? I’m telling you guys…my emotions are going haywire right now!)

SHAHRZAD YAHHHHHS. She is the heroine of all heroines. She reminds me a lot of Celaena from the Throne of Glass series. She’s got spunk and sass for days and I love her. She is loyal to a fault and though her loyalties shift a teensy bit, it’s for the right reasons. She didn’t need to be rescued or protected…she had her own purposes and goals. We need more characters like Shazi!

Final thoughts: Bottom line? This is easily one of my favorite books of the year so far. I could easily read it a thousand and one times (see what I did there?)

Pick this up if you liked:

Throne of Glass and/or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (see my review of ACOTAR here)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (see my review here)

Goodreads rating: 4.21/5 rating: 4.4/5

My rating: 5/5

Happy reading! – Caitlyn


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