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.


I’m disappointed to say that The Wrath and the Dawn just wasn’t for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it entirely. I found it well written and I did like the plot. The characters, too, were fun to read. Shahrzad is a strong female lead and Khalid is the kind of mysterious tortured soul you want to learn more about. I also couldn’t help cheering for Tariq and his personal quest to save the girl he loves. So why didn’t I love it?

Mostly I just found myself annoyed at the lack of communication between the two main characters as the book went on. A major driving point of the story is the mysteries between Shahrzad and Khalid but after about 60% of the way through I was over it. It was also at this point something of a love square started going on and then I realized there is another book after this one and I was not going to get resolution.

Bottom line I did read the book and there were things I really liked about it. But I just couldn’t get into the last bit.

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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