- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 5 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0147513855
- ISBN-13: 978-0147513854
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Wrath and the Dawn:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 – Young Adult
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015
A Seventeen Magazine Best Book of 2015
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
“Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it’s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”—Publishers Weekly
“This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and … promises to become a classic tale of its own.”—VOYA
★ “Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author’s adept world building… a surefire hit with teens.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Renée Ahdieh's lush debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of The Arabian Nights, with an edge.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Sumptuous detail … satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension.”—BCCB
“Don’t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did.”—Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and The Young Elites
“In her absorbing debut, Renée Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written.”—Carrie Ryan,New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth
“Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, The Wrath and the Dawn is a story I could not put down.”—Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner’s Trilogy
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About the Author
Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. The Wrath and the Dawn is her debut.
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I’m really burned out on the “Female assassin goes to kill target, misses prime opportunities, and falls in love with target. She finds out he’s not evil just “misunderstood” or a victim” song and dance. And of course it usually involves her getting a cushy lifestyle while doing all of this.
Khalid needs to kill 100 girls. We find out later that he’s “close” to that number. So let’s just put that number at 90. This man has killed NINETY girls. The recent being Shazi’s best friend. And after THREE days she’s already getting fluttery feelings and so on for him? The romance aspect of this was absurd on so many levels.
Shazi sends her family into hiding, assumingly because she plans on killing Khalid and not getting away blameless, maybe even plans to sacrifice her life towards this cause. First off, why the fuzzy pickles would the General or the Captain not be assessing these women? Shazi VOLUNTEERS to be married to a guy who’s close to his 100 goal kill count. How did that conversation go in this supposedly super strict security place?
“Oh hey, Khalid. So we have some woman who wants to be number 91. I’m sure it’s not at all suspicious that someone’s volunteering.”
“You’re right, General. I say we do not check into her history and find out who her family and friends are.”
“Sounds like a plan, Khalid. I’m sure she doesn’t have a fiancée she loves who she’s leaving for this marriage or any close friends/family who you’ve killed on your recent murder streak.”
The story starts AFTER Shazi is in the palace and never once are we told/shown how she got in without suspicion or why the dingbat, super protective people in Khalid’s life didn’t check her background.
The first night, Khalid comes to Shazi’s room. We’re later told that he’s never done this with any wife but his first. Why Shazi? Hope you don’t want to know because you won’t find out. He also shows up and she decides to have sex with him. He tells her she doesn’t have to, but she persists, so they proceed to have the most passionless sex you can imagine. It’s not described or anything, we’re just told in Shazi’s words that neither one of them enjoyed it.
So WHYYYYY!? Why did he come to her room if not to sleep with her? Why would she insist on sex if he didn’t want it and she didn’t want it? Then she launches into a story which is the actual reason for why he lets her live, so the sex didn’t even buy her another night.
The next night they do the same thing!! I don’t get it!!! This time Shazi is extremely stupid and wraps up her story just as dawn is arriving and then tries to start another story. Of course, there’s no time so she’s rushing, and nervous, and doesn’t end the story on any sort of hook, but insists that it’s the same story. Terrible storytelling tactic, and I’m not sure why it worked.
He doesn’t show up the night after that and the following morning she’s dragged out to be killed. She’s screaming and kicking and pitching a huge fit the whole time, which okay, I MIGHT understand if it wasn’t for the fact that hello, what did you expect? And she’s shouting the whole time about how she’s the queen and she demands they release her.
Eye roll moment. Come on. She has to know that title doesn’t mean squat. How many women have held that title in the last couple of months? She also knows that this is how it works. One wife dies every day. They’re not going to stop just because she says so. Besides the only reason they’d be there to kill her is because Khalid(the king) told them too. That takes precedent over her order any day of the week.
Khalid interrupts the murder in progress and punches the lights out of the guy attempting it. Now, that makes you think “did they go above his head?” It takes most of the book to get a definite answer and it’s a no. Khalid DID order her death, so why beat the poor guy up who was just following orders. We can talk about the bystanders later, but as far as Khalid taking it out on someone else when he told them to . . .
And here’s WHY he stopped the execution, because her lurves her!! She’s his air. He can’t breathe without her. Again, we find that out near the end, but think about it . . . they’ve known each other for 2 nights. The only communication they have is during that storytelling time and it’s mostly Shazi telling a story. There hasn’t been enough time, communication, or anything to warrant love(or anything close to it). Khalid has killed so many women, that I’m sure he’s walled his heart off good and distanced himself as much as possible. I don’t think one extra day with someone is going to break it down and send him into love’s grasp.
Then can we talk about all of the missed opportunities? I can’t believe Shazi didn’t have a poisoned hair stick or something on her person. Nothing? Really? Poison laced fingernail polish? She had sex with the guy for kitten’s sake. She could’ve stabbed, scratched, or poisoned him anyway you please. Instead we’re treated to lots of missed chances, and excuse after excuse.
Day 3 rolls around and Shazi’s in love. Wow, in love with your best friend’s killer after 3 days of little to no communication. Scheherazade is smart, witty, intelligent, storyteller. Her stories and her genius is why I love her tale. Instead I get some cheap knock-off bimbo who doesn’t have the good sense God gave a goose.
And Khalid . . . there are two things that stand out. First, if you were cursed to kill 100 women without explanation or watch your people suffer, at one point would a person decide to off themselves? No really. This guy has no kids, no siblings, no mom, no dad, no grandparents. His wives are one day wonders, so that doesn’t count. If he really was such a good guy, why didn’t he just kill himself after electing a replacement?
This is why I like the story when the king is actually a screwed up human whose heart has been ripped out and he’s lashing out at the world. I like the redemption arc. The knowledge that yeah, he is terrible, but he’s changing.
Not the oh, he’s a victim and it wasn’t his fault because that excuses his choices in a case where I can look at it and go, “No. There was another choice and you didn’t take it.”
Secondly, the guy is a jerk. He really is. He’s hostile and violent. He treats his cousin who only wants to help and protect him like crap. Jalal should’ve been the ruler because he was decent, and all he got was beaten up and yelled at by Khalid. Khalid snaps at everyone and is just a grouchy, angry, violent person. I didn’t like him! I don’t see how Shazi fell in love with him.
And then there’s the no sleeping thing. It’s never explained why Khalid doesn’t sleep!! He’s got some voodoo guy who does something(we aren’t told what) and I guess that maybe helps him function without sleep? Though obviously it doesn’t work well. But still, there’s NO explanation as to why he’s not sleeping in the first place.
Shazi gets called a brat often by her handmaiden, but never when Shazi’s actually being a brat. I didn’t get that. The time Shazi’s being terrible is when there’s no name calling, but when Shazi’s insisting on an answer about a suspected posioner, then she’s a brat. Not so sure a lot of the name calling fit the setting of the story. Some of it felt a bit modern.
Lastly, if you’re so close to hitting your 100 count, please just finish it! I mean, he’s so close and he’s already done enough damage, you might as well get the last 5-10 people so the rest of the city isn’t cursed. If he doesn’t hit the 100 and the curse is somehow broken anyway, it means all of those people died for no reason. The reason they died is sorta-stupid, but at least there is one.
I liked Tariq. He seemed like a nice guy and I liked that he was getting people gathered to take out Khalid because someone needed to do it!! I liked that he was trying to rescue Shazi(not that she deserved it).
I thought the plot from the people outside the palace was interesting and would’ve liked to see more of that. I thought the descriptions of the world and clothing were amazing. The writing style was easy to read and the characters(even dislikeable that they were) had been fully fleshed out and developed.
I won’t be reading the next one.
I liked how Sharzhad showed good qualities of a strong main character. She's smart, brave and sassy that I find myself laughing out loud sometimes because of her witty comments. I loved how I was able to connect with her through the author's excellent writing skills. It was nice being able to feel what Shazi was feeling, see what she was seeing, and experience what she was experiencing. I was with her all the way so undoubtedly I also got really frustrated trying to find out the reason behind all the killings, I was annoyed when hurtful comments were made by the other characters towards Khalid, and my heart melted everytime they're together.
And yes, there's Khalid, Shazi's husband - the mysterious and terrifying Caliph of Khorasan. He's such a very puzzling character who really piqued my interest. He is definitely powerful and strong, but he is also depicted as someone who's flawed which is admiring. Khalid shows and embraces the fact that he needs Shazi, a woman. I was able to connect with him as well when he finally started opening up so I was able to understand his situation.
Aside from Shazi and Khalid, I love how the author introduced and developed the side characters. They each have their own important roles to play and stories to tell, so I'm glad that they weren't just created to serve as shadows. They're just as loveable as the main protagonists.
I really enjoyed reading The Wrath and the Dawn. It was an exceptional book that was beautifully written. It may not be packed with action, but it was full of mystery and romance that I was entertained all throughout. There was definitely not one moment that I got bored from reading this, and for me, everything was perfect.
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