Review: The Wrath and the Dawn
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?
“And how will you know when you've found the elusive someone?
I suspect she will be like air. Like knowing how to breathe.”
The Wrath and the Dawn is jaw-droppingly good. It's the kind of book that comes out of nowhere and surprises you when you least expect it to. I'm mad at myself for waiting for so long to read this. It's been on my TBR shelf for ages and I just barely got to it. Why?! I wish I devoured this book years ago. I didn't know I needed the story of Shahrzard and Khalid in my life but I did. This story is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights but is so beautifully done that it somehow comes across as entirely original. It's stunning and took my breath away. Again, why did I wait so long to read this? Sometimes I come across a book that puts me on an emotional rollercoaster and I was not expecting this to be one of those books. - but I'm so happy it was. It took me on the ride of a lifetime. Pure literary magic.
Shahrzard and Khalid are both incredibly tough, powerful and bold, yet unmistakably broken in their own right. Together, they are everything. Everything.
“When I was a boy, my mother would tell me that one of the best things in life is the knowledge that our story isn't over yet. Our story may have come to a close, but your story is still yet to be told.
Make it a story worthy of you”