Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

December 9, 2015 Book review 11 ★★★★

Well I definitely didn’t have an insta-love fling with The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. It was more of a gradual, you’re ok, I like you, I really like you, actually I love you kind of a story!

Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee AhdiehThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, ReTelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 388
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, 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.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

addictive cliffhanger! cover love Fantasy Romance

First Line of The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh:

“It would not be a welcome dawn.”

My Thoughts on The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Like I said it took me a while to get into this one. And a huge part of that was the long cast list and the exotic sounding names. I had difficulty keeping them all straight in my head and even more so when a nickname would be used rather than the actual name. So much so that for the very first time in my life I actually made a cast list and a note on who they were.



Once this was done, I never again had to refer to it! But the act of writing it down straightened them all out in my head and I could stop wondering ‘who are you again’ all the time which had been really interrupting my enjoyment of the book. That out of the way, I slowly started to fall in love with this.


The setting in Persia is vividly described. From the beautiful gardens to the mouth-watering food, it was a setting that really excited me. I also loved all the stories within the story. It is based on One Thousand and One Nights (which I haven’t read but now want to). Shahrzad in an effort to postpone her death starts telling her new husband one story every night and leaves him hanging for the next instalment. Would this be enough for Khalid to alter his plans of killing his brides, I’m still not convinced of that but let’s just go with it. He obviously doesn’t get all the rage with cliffhangers the way that I do!


Some of the stories were familiar and some not so much but they all reeled me in and I loved the storytelling aspect of the book. I do wish we had more of them though as it because obvious that some were skipped and I felt put out as I wanted to hear them too.


The main reason that I loved this book though is that the writing was fab. It was so descriptive and lush that it made me feel I was slap bang in the middle of the Middle East and it was a feast for all senses.


The forbidden love element between Shahrzad and Khalid was so-so. Their love is complicated, seems doomed to failure and their feelings just sprung out of nowhere. To be honest, I was more in love with words about how much in love they were than a fan of their actual love affair. I think there was a bit of telling rather than showing going on and I don’t know if I fully believed it when it first developed. But it drew me in, especially towards the end.


“The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”


There is a good mixture of action scenes, magical elements, a mystery on why Khalid is killing his brides, storytelling and the love story which all combined to keep me invested in the book. So overall it was hard to get into initial but well worth sticking with.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh?

I’d recommend this to fans of character driven Fantasy books, fans of forbidden love, those who want more diverse settings in books and to anyone who loves lush writing.

Talk to Trish : How would you feel if someone told you a spell binding story every night and then left you hanging for the next part. Would you love it or hate it?



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11 Responses to “Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh”

  1. Rita @ View From My Home

    Hmm, yes I’ve read books like this where you need to slowly develop a “crush” on the writing style, then enjoy it, then really get into it! Okay, it’s a tough call whether to continue (if a library book maybe not, if my own purchase or a requested book I would).

    I’m glad this one worked out for you, but it has something that does annoy me in fantasy stories– too many characters, and too many strange names to remember offhand! But… I love the cover, love the premise, love the setting, so maybe I’ll look into it.
    Rita @ View From My Home recently posted…What’s Up- Books & Otherwise

  2. Lola

    I always have a bit of difficulty remembering strange and exotic names. Even with easy to remember names I have some trouble now and then. I love your idea of writing down who is who! I might have to do that for some books in the future. The storytelling aspect sounds fun and I like it when a book has enough descriptions that you can vividly imagine everything. Great review!
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  3. Wattle

    This sounds like an interesting book, but I’m not entirely sure if I want to read it though. You know when something appeals, but you can take it or leave it? I feel that way about it. Hmmm, I guess time will tell.

    Writing down a cast list is a great idea for books that have zillions of characters (and nicknames!) I hate it when I put something down for a day or two and when I pick it back up, have trouble remembering who’s who. You may have solved that problem! 😀
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