Review of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I have officially finished The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh!

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn 
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn Series Book 1
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Synopsis:
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.

I was very impressed by this book, especially since the book was in third person. I personally am not a huge fan of third person books, but for how this book was written I truly enjoyed it. What I really liked most about this book was the fact that it showed that a woman can decide who she wants to be with and how she survives the world that she volunteered to go into. I love the fact that the main character is witty and fiery. To me, she is one of the best female characters that I have read since the Winner’s Curse.

Another thing that I liked about this book was the way the author built the world and described everything from the clothes, to the world that the characters live in, and then the relationship between the different characters. With that being said, I did have a little problem with the book. Where did the magic come from? I do not want to give too much away but I am honestly not sure where the magic in the book came from or how it works. Where are its origins? There was a little part that talked about it and then ‘poof’ that is it. The ending also leaves readers hanging in a beautiful way, so I look forward to the second book in the trilogy to come out.

Rating: I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars.  Overall, the author is very creative with her wording and witty comments within the book. This book told an elegant story that I will definitely be rereading. If you are looking for a fantasy, retelling of 1001 nights, and romance then this would be an excellent book to read.

 

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