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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile: an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh will take the reader’s breath away! It is a beautiful written retelling of One Thousand and One Nights that has such an intricate plot. This book is a definite must-read!
The Wrath and the Dawn is one of the best retellings I’ve ever read! It loosely follows the plot of One Thousand and One Nights, but is its own story with twists and turns that will confuse and enlighten the reader. The main character, Shahrzad, is determined to stay alive for more than one night, so she tells her captor/husband a different story each night that is incomplete. The stories that Shahrzad tells are the same as the ones in the original One Thousand and One Nights, which will give the reader a sense of familiarity, only to have it shattered with plot twists.
Renée Ahdieh has such a beautiful writing style. Her descriptions are so ravishing that the reader will be able to picture the whole story with ease. Each outfit, each meal and each hallway in the palace is so detailed that words can’t describe how incredibly written The Wrath and the Dawn is! To experience this amazing feeling, you will have to read this book for yourself.
The Wrath and the Dawn is a very diverse book. It has an exotic Saudi Arabia-like setting and the characters are Arabian as well. I really appreciate the fact that the author has created such a diverse book, because there aren’t enough books like this one in the young adult genre. This book is a refreshing change from the typical YA book!
If you are a fan of the fantasy genre or fairytale retellings, I strongly recommend The Wrath and the Dawn to you.