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.
This review has been harder for me than most. Mainly because this book is so different from what I usually read. But aren’t these the best kind of books? Books so far out of your norm that you put it off and you are so hesitant as to if you will even like it? But then you end up enjoying it SO much? Sometimes these are even the books that people go out of their way and look for. I’m so surprised, actually that I liked this book. Let’s chat about it.
“If you are just one girl, I am just one boy.”
The writing was phenomenal! Oh my God, I am not even exaggerating. Everything from the description of the clothes all the way to the setting was just so real to me. Khalid was a seal the deal for me. I feel like the author created such a character that just drew me in and that was very much needed. Shazi had great depth. She was a wonderful heroine in my opinion.
“My soul sees its equal in you.”
The secondary characters were wonderful and the story that unfolded about them was gripping and compelling. Jalal was GREAT! I could go on and on but I think by now everyone knows that secondary characters are a plus for me and bottom line: THESE WERE BOMB!
It’s not a five star for me, no. But mainly because the first half of the book was pretty slow. It wasn’t TOO slow though. I still read it and enjoyed the book as a whole. Also, the magic felt like it was just “tossed” into the story for some kicks and grins. I don’t really understand any of those parts but hopefully in the second book I do! The romance wasn’t huge in this book but when you get to the parts where there IS romance involved it’s so consuming and heart melting.
“I love you, a thousand times over, and I will never apologize for it.”
You think you have read some serious cliff hangers before? Think of the worst one, imagine it, and think long and hard about it…this one is worse. Mainly I really want to know this: WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH KHALIDS CONSTANT HEADACHES? Don’t let this hype burn you out. To me, this is a great story that needs to be read by all.