Paperback, 404 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Edition language English
Series : The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Literary awards : Junior Library Guild Selection, Indie Next List Top Ten Pick
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.
I loved it. I loved it so much I can’t breathe. The characters are all powerful and has this certain charm that only they possess. The changing of POVs are not confusing because the transitions are well thought off. It was absolutely well written. Not rushed or prolonged but just the right amount of tension building and a torture of a cliffhanger.
I want to give a very nonspoilery booktalk because I want you all to read the book because not only the cover is so beautiful but the story within is so so much more. And I can say I’m looking forward to the next book.
The story was very enticing and if I wasn’t supposed to work yesterday I wouldn’t even leave it unfinished.
Shahrzad’s character is fierce and vengeful but at the same time smart and sympathetic. She know when to forgive and when to show her strengths. I love how she fought for what’s right and her judgements are very fair. She may seem a little stubborn and a bit proud but I really like the way she handles herself and not just a damsel in distress. If the same thing happened to me and someone would do that to my bestfriend I would never think twice to do what she was set out to do so I was glad that she chose to know what happened and not just rush into things.
Khalid is love. Khalid is life. I know I know I love Warner but you have got to be kidding me if you didn’t saw even a hint of Warner from Khalid. He is everything I want in a man to be honest. Yes he has his flaws but he owns up to them even if it kills him every moment that passes by. I just love how he restrained himself not to love our Shahrzad but failed to do so. Their chemistry is so on point I had to basically whooop out loud to express how I feel.
Jalal. You all tell me Jalal didn’t remind you all of Kenji. You go ahead. Perfect role and perfect character. Jalal is bae. It is very touching how concerned he is for his cousin even if they are not that close. He looks out for him and begs for him in several times to share his burdens to him but my Baby Khalid wouldn’t budge because he is who he is. I’m looking forward to his love story with Despina.
Tariq. You all tell me he isn’t Adam. Yes yes I know too much Shatter me feels but srsly?! Who could miss it? I adore his love for our Shahrzad but when he was asked why he loves her, his answers were not really what you answer when you got asked by that question. Nevertheless I still support his love for our Calipha but I think he should just move on because my ship KhaShar or SharLid or whatever is not going down no matter what. I’m going down with this ship!
I am actually scared for what will happen in the next book due to the crisis that arised in this book ( I’m trying to be spoiler free here ) so I have high hopes that everything will be okay in the end.
In conclusion I am giving this book 4 Royal Stars because I believe like in Throne of Glass, that the first book is always the base or the foundation of the next books.