Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


Title: The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Have you ever read a book and didn’t realize how much you were loved it until the book was almost over? This book grabbed me so quickly and so strongly that I was left stunned.

Shahrzad has just married the Caliph of Khoresan, Khalid, and she plans to murder him. Every day, Khalid takes a new bride and kills her the next morning. As it turns out, the only reason Shahrzad volunteered to marry Khalid is due to the fact that Khalid murdered her best friend. She is out for revenge.

Khalid does not enjoy murdering these girls, but he has no other choice. A curse was placed upon him years ago, stating that if Khalid does not kill every girl he takes as his bride, the curse will come activate. Khalid has always abided by this rule, until now. Shahrzad is the first to survive the dawn.

The romance in this book was beautiful and perfect. Swoon on top of swoon on top of swoon. I couldn’t get enough of Shahrzad and Khalid. Shahrzad initially hates Khalid very much, but her feelings begin to conflict when she realizes Khalid isn’t what she expected. While her mind tells her she should hate Khalid, her heart is telling her the opposite. The romance was paced exquisitely. It was realistic, but it was never boring in the slightest.

This book is told in multiple perspectives: first our main character, Shahrzad, and others such as Khalid’s, Tariq’s, and Jahandar’s. Honestly, the only perspectives I wanted to read from was Shahrzad’s and Khalid’s, especially when they were together. It’s not that these other perspectives were boring, I just wanted more of Shahrzad and Khalid.

This book ended so quickly! I was intensely reading along and BAM! Ending and plot twist at the same time. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but I know I wasn’t expecting that ending!

This is the BEST book I have read this year and I do not state that lightly. This book is now at my all time favorite books ever read! I also cannot wait until the second book is out. If you haven’t read this book yet, you seriously should. If you have already read it, then you should read it again. That’s what I’m thinking about doing right now…

5 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Renee lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her Young Adult fantasy novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, is available wherever books are sold. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and her website.


4 thoughts on “Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

  1. I’m glad you loved this book. It has been one of my favorite reads of the year as well. I cannot wait until the next one comes out.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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