Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Type: #1 in The Wrath and the Dawn duology
Published: May 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: Khorasan is ruled by an 18 year old boy-King Khalid who marries a girl every night only to murder her the very next day. When 16 year old Shahrzad's closest friend falls to prey to the brutal King, she volunteers to be his next wife with a thirst for revenge. Each dawn may very well be her last.
Va-va-voom! This book was everything that I had been aching for. It was pure bliss.
To further explain: The Wrath and the Dawn is a very unique tale following two very interesting and entertaining characters. Ahdieh has really made this truly amazing. With a world set in an imagined Arabia, the setting itself proves to be phenomenal not to mention the want to know why Khalid kills girls for no reason at all. The entire idea is one to hook the reader and reel them in. I know I was. ;)
Shahrzad proved to be a very sarcastic, witty and clever character. She is strong, bold and not afraid to do the most daring of tasks. This makes her a very fun character. Someone you want to continue reading about.
Khalid, on the other hand, is much more mysterious and confusing. His feelings aren't translated well because of the stony mask that is constantly his face. He makes a good opposite to Shahrzad's personality. Khalid is menacing, with a hard demeanor. He has been through a lot at a very young age and that makes him very vulnerable on the inside. By the way, my father's name is Khalid too and it was SO WEIRD reading a book splattered with his name all over.
The book has a very fascinating element of magic that is as of now very unclear but I trust that it will be playing a major role in the development of the story.
Many witty side characters doubled the fun of reading the story. Jalal was truly a fond character. He cares much for the King and his witty sense of humor never grows old. Apart from him, Despina, Shahrzad's hand-maiden is endearing too. She is the only feminine support that Shahrzad receives and it is extremely refreshing to see the two of them together.
The ending ended at a major cliff hanger so I really can't wait for the next installment to come out.
Shift all of the books that you wanna read next aside and pick this one up. You will not regret it. With a story this alluring and the characters this witty, you will have no trouble enjoying this book to smithereens.