Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #1
Published: May 12, 2015
395 Pages, Hardcover
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.
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I fell in love with the story line as soon as I read the synopsis on Goodreads. I knew I had to read it and really soon. Let me just say, it did not disappoint. It was an absolutely beautiful story. I cannot wait for the second book "The Rose and the Dagger" which is supposed to be released sometime next year.
I liked the characters from the very beginning. They are not your typical YA Fantasy characters and I liked their uniqueness and intensity. They have very strong, mysterious attributes and they captivated me right away. The story is very well written, especially for a debut novel! It reads like a historical fiction and I really liked that.
Things I Loved About The Book:
- The setting was told with such details. It feels like you are there in the story and I can see all the details of the castle and the surrounding area.
- I loved the mystery in the book. There are many secrets and things that are unrevealed in this story that keep you on your toes.
- I loved the intensity in the story. The characters and story line are very strong and captivate you.
- This felt like you were reading a true, original fairy tale story. I loved that element!
- I loved the element of magic in this book. I wish the magic was better explained but I think we will see more of the magic shine through in the sequel.
My Favorite Quotes:
“There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.”
“Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable...and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power.”
“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”
“When she wound her fingers in his hair to draw her body against his, he stilled for breath, and she knew, as he knew, that they were lost. Lost forever. In this kiss. This kiss that would change everything.”
If you have read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts! Do you plan to read it soon? Thanks for visiting!