Renée Ahdieh’s lush YA debut is an extraordinary retelling of the classic The Arabian Nights, that won’t disappoint seasoned readers. On the same note, with all of its intricate plot lines, The Wrath and the Dawn is not for reluctant readers or those desiring a fast, light read. Don’t let this deter you from this gem, it really is fantastic when you have the chance to concentrate on it.
In Renée’s retelling, the Caliph (king) of Khorsan is a murderous boy-king, who marries a new girl every morning only to murder her come to the dawn. The Wrath and the Dawn starts with revenge-bent Shahrzad, a teen girl who has volunteered to become the new wife of the Caliph, Khalid. The reason? She has a plot to murder him and avenge her dead best friend, Shiva, whom he killed. While she had good intentions, Shahrzad was a bit too cocky in the beginning. Fortunately she greatly improves as the book goes on.
When Shahrzad meets the Caliph however, he is not what she expected. He seems the last person to murder innocents. So why is he? As Shahrzad is drawn closer into the unforgiving heart of the palace, she’s thrown into a web of lies, deceit, and curses, and finds herself drawing closer to the very person who she set out to kill. And when her dear childhood love, Tariq enters the equation, things go from terrible to worse. Renée Ahdieh’s breathtaking YA fantasy debut oozes stunning prose, enviably romances, and promise. This May release is one you just can’t miss!