The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the DawnI didn’t realize that The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is the first book of a series so I was very confused when I was winding down to the final pages and the story wasn’t wrapping up. Upon finishing the book, and reading a very frustrating finish, I freaked out, shouting to my roommate about the irritating ending. What a cliffhanger of an ending it was and now I can’t wait to read the next one. Ahdieh totally hooked me and the sequel doesn’t come out until May of 2016! Let the waiting begin…

I wasn’t sure about The Wrath and the Dawn at first. Do you ever read a book and get so sucked into the smoothly constructed writing that you forget you’re reading? This story wasn’t one of those for me. BUT, and that’s a big but, I really enjoyed the book anyway and was completely enthralled by the ongoing relationship between Shahrzad and the boy king Khalid. A conflicting relationship of hate and passion, honesty and secrets, it’s definitely intriguing.

This story begins with the marriage between Shahrzad and Khalid. A mysterious young man, the king has been marrying a new bride each day and has had them each executed at dawn of the following morning. After a dear friend marries, and dies, at the command of the king, Shahrzad volunteers to marry him. Defying all odds she lives through the first dawn and vows to get revenge for her lost friend. The closer she gets to Khalid, the more conflicted her mission becomes…

Ahdieh’s debut novel is a good one, and with themes from Arabian Nights and Aladdin, there are elements of fantasy as well.

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21 thoughts on “The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

  1. The names and how are they pronounced still confuses the hell out of me. But I think it’s part of the book that makes the book unique. It has this aura wherein you’re just being sucked up into their world and it’s just amazing! I can’t wait to finish it. 🙂

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  2. I’m hoping to read tWatD this month, glad you liked it! That’s interesting that you didn’t find the story to be wrapped up at the end (or mostly wrapped up). I’ve heard it’s a commonly-shared opinion that the first book in a series should be written as a standalone. So the reader shouldn’t need to read book 2, 3 etc. to understand something that happened in book 1.

    I’ve heard this book is really descriptive about food, was it like this for you and did you want to try it?

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    1. Hmm that’s interesting because I definitely felt like the book was left hanging in terms of the characters relationship and the wellbeing of the city as a whole. I thought the descriptions of the food were good, and I would definitely like to try some of the cuisine, but it wasn’t a big focus for me. I hope you enjoy the book!

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  3. I loved this book! So atmospheric and wonderful. When I was reading it I also thought it was a standalone, but I don’t mind another book in this world! Totally excited for The Rose and the Dagger!

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