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.
Let me begin by saying this is one of the best reads that I have read this year. After getting out of a reading slump this was the perfect comeback. The writing was so beautifully written and the description of the story was so good.
Shahrzad was so fierce. I love her. She stood for what she wanted and nobody in their right mind would try to make a fool out of her. She went into the marriage with revenge for her best friend. The monster that stole Shiva's life away at a young age. But when she gets to know Khalid things aren't as what they seem. I love her story telling just as much as the book itself.
Khalid was a beautiful disaster. He knew what he was and deep down inside it killed him. Each day was a burden that he carried and the fact that there was nothing he could do about it made him even sicker. Shahrzad was exactly what he needed to see what he truly could be and what he already was. He just needed to throw away the veil that he so carefully wore. The earlier parts of his life was hell and my heart broke for him.
The way the author did her descriptions of food, clothes, and the city was great. My mouth is watering now just thinking about the food in the story. The clothes were very beautiful. I like that there was so much room for the imagination.
I read this in two days because of interruptions. If those didn't happen I probably would have finished it in one sitting. I immediately went to my library and got the second book.