Hi everyone! I am back with another book review ( hopefully you guys aren’t tired of them haha! ) and today, I am going to be reviewing The Wrath And The Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh 🙂
The Wrath And The Dawn is the first book in Renee Ahdieh’s latest duology and the second book just came out in April 2016. This duology is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, which is a story about a boy-king who takes a new bride each night and kills her by morning. Both books were so amazing and well written and they have both made it to my top favourites of 2015 and 2016! ❤ I’m going to be reviewing the first book first, and then the sequel. Also, this review contains spoilers so just take note of that 😀 Hope you all will enjoy this review!
The Wrath And The Dawn
Release Date : 12 May 2015
Published By : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres : YA Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Synopsis : 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.
My Rating : ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Buy it here :
→ Book Depository : http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Wrath-and-the-Dawn-Renee-Ahdieh/9780399171611?ref=bd_recs_1http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Wrath-and-the-Dawn-Renee-Ahdieh/9780399171611?ref=bd_recs_1
My review 🙂
The plot was definitely amazing and I really loved the whole storyline of the book! I found it really unique because I rarely read books surrounding Indian Mythology so it was something new for me 🙂
I also really enjoyed the plot because the pacing was good and it really grabbed your attention from the start. In this book, we get to read about the stories that Shahrzad told Khalid to prevent him from killing her and the stories were just so magical and wonderful and I probably re-read each of them 3 times ❤ Renee’s writing style was also so amazing and her writing style is actually pretty similar to Roshani Chokshi’s! The middle of the novel was focused on the blooming romance between Shahrzad and Khalid which was so beautiful and it became really action-packed towards the end! As mentioned before, even though there were quite a few backstories about why Khalid is killing all these brides, the pacing was just right. Also, the flow of the story was perfect, especially during character developments for example ( SPOILERS AHEAD ),
when we discover that Khalid is not a monster but a man who has been cursed.
I absolutely adored the world building!! The author is so descriptive and her writing style just makes it all the more magical and it made the world seem like something that belongs in a fairytale. I think my favourite place in the world would be the night festival ❤
My first favourite character would have to be our main female lead, Shahrzad 🙂 She is another kick-butt female character who is just so brave and she is so selfless and is always putting others before herself. I really admire her for her bravery as she volunteered herself to be Khalid’s bride and try to kill him.
My next favourite character is obviously Khalid!! I love him so much and he has become my new book boyfriend ❤ Khalid is portrayed as a heartless monster at the start of the book but I didn’t hate him actually. I think some people might but once you learn about his backstory, you’ll just fall head over heels for him haha! I feel that he is a really good leader and his love for Shahrzad is unconditional. The romance between him and Shahrzard was so genuine and real, and I really enjoyed reading about them.
There’s actually a love triangle between Shahrzad, Khalid and Tariq who is her childhood sweetheart. I do like Tariq’s character but I ultimately ship her and Khalid more 🙂
The Rose And The Dagger
Release Date : 26 April 2016
Published By : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Synopsis : The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.
My Rating : ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Buy it here :
→ Book Depository : http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Rose-and-the-Dagger-Renee-Ahdieh-Renaee-Ahdieh/9780399171628?ref=bd_recs_1
→ Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Rose-Dagger-Wrath-Dawn/dp/0399171622/ref=pd_sim_14_1/186-8600939-8392436?ie=UTF8&dpID=51H4W9IL9uL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR106%2C160_&refRID=D37SPSF0Z0AKTDD9FWNQ
My review 🙂
The beginning of the plot deals with the aftermath of the events that occured in the first book and I felt that the beginning was a little slow because there wasn’t much action. However, the pace definitely started to pick up when Shahrzad went on the journey to look for Khalid!
I honestly preferred the storyline of this book more than the previous one because there were some really unexpected moments and it made you really immerse yourself in the book. There were times where I was afraid of turning the page because I was afraid that someone was going to die :O One thing I enjoyed about the storyline was that the main focus wasn’t so much of the romance, but family. ( SPOILERS AHEAD )
Reading about how Baba sacrificed himself so that his daughter and Khalid can be together made me cry and I just really loved the whole family aspect. Also, THE EPILOGUE WAS AMAZING AND ADORABLE!! ❤
My personal opinion is that there wasn’t much world-building in this novel as compared to the previous one, probably because the setting of the novel was mostly in a desert. But nonetheless, the author was still very descriptive when showing us some of the new places 🙂
The characters were still so amazing and the character development was on point, especially for Tariq and Baba. They became really mature and they’ve just grown so much in this novel.
Shahrzad is still such a strong female character and I seriously can’t get over how selfless she is, especially the part where Tariq wanted to shoot Khalid with an arrow and Shahrzad pushed him away and the arrow hit her instead. I also really enjoyed Irsa’s character ( Shahrzad’s sister and I loved the siblings relationship portrayed between them.
Romance & Ending :
We definitely got to see the romance between Shahrzad and Khalid grow when they were reunited, which I loved so much!! But what I loved most was the relationships with family that is portrayed in the book, between Shahrzad and Irsa, and Shahrzad and her dad.
* SPOILERS AHEAD *
As for the ending, I really loved how it ended with family love. I feel that fantasy books always end with the guy saving the girl, but this book ended with Baba sacrificing himself so that his daughter can be with the man that she loves, and I really appreciated that about this novel 🙂 I guess that is one of the reasons why I gave this book 5 stars! ALSO, THE EPILOGUE IS SO ADORABLE!! I shall not say anything about it but it’s so cute and I was just smiling throughout the whole thing ❤ Overall, Renee did an amazing job in wrapping up the duology! * claps *
That is the end for this super long review!! I hope you guys enjoyed it and do let me know what you thought about this duology if you’ve read it<3 Bye!