The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: Book Review

When she wound her fingers in his hair to draw her body against his, he stilled for breath, and she knew, as he knew, that they were lost. Lost forever. In this kiss. This kiss that would change everything.

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Commentary: I’ve been in a reading slump for quite a while, I’ve been mostly playing on my 3DS since my pharmacy externship ended. I tried reading books to get rid of my slump, but most of the books I’ve read were amazing. I started reading The Wrath And The Dawn because I saw a read along on Tumblr and was excited to join it. Guess who doesn’t have a slump anymore?! This book was amazing! I was hooked from start to finish. I was not disappointed by it at all. The main character, Shahrzad is badass, sassy, cunning, and intelligent. Because of her storytelling skills, she has been the only bride that has not been executed. She was determined to find out the truth, no matter what. I loved how she had a conflicted heart when she starting falling for Khalid since he had killed her best friend. Overall, I loved the romance aspect of this book, it was well written. I loved the dynamic in her relationship with Khalid. He kept calling her ‘his queen’ and didn’t treat her like an object. I ship her Khalid, so badly. Forget Tariq. There were many cute moments in the book, my favorite one had to be when they went out to the town as regular citizens. Shazi and Khalid are perfect for each other. Khalid is very likable and he’s such a nice guy. He’s not the monster that everyone makes him out to be. You can’t always judge a book by its cover especially when it comes to Khalid. It broke my heart when Shazi discovered the letters to the parents of his dead brides. Tariq is a bit foolish. He doesn’t have Shazi’s best interest in mind, while Khalid does.  Tariq thinks he really knows Shazi and thinks that she is suffering from Stockholm syndrome since she protects Khalid. I just thought that was hilarious how he thought had to justify Shazi’s change of heart. Pobrecito. I’m so glad that Shazi wasn’t too conflicted about both boys, you know she loves Khalid more than Tariq. By the time I got to the end, I was a bit mad that Shazi left with Tariq. I’m Team Khalid all the way. (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و

The secondary characters were just as great as the protagonists. I’m really hoping that Jalal and Despina get together for the second book. I just really loved how Jalal and Despina both shipped Khalid and Shazi together. They were supportive and really great friends to the main characters. Hoping they get more developed in the next book.

‘m hoping that in the second book, The Rose And The Dagger, is more magical than this one. I really don’t like Shazi’s father. I feel that he is becoming greedy with his magical powers and I don’t trust him at all. I feel that he will cause more harm towards the protagonists. Also, I hope that Shazi’s powers get fully explained! Lastly, The Rose And The Dagger is already on my to be read list on Goodreads. Kudos for the author for including a preview for the next book and for including a glossary. (۶•̀ᴗ•́)۶

I had lots of fun reading this book. I really recommend this book. It’s diverse, magical, and it’s a fairy tale adaptation.


“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.”

“Tonight is a night to turn heads. Make them remember you. Make sure they never forget. You are the Calipha of Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king.” Despina put her hand on Shahrzad’s shoulder and grinned at their shared reflection. “More important, you have his heart.” She bent forward and lowered her voice. “And most important, you are a fearsome thing to behold in your own right.”

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

“I know love is fragile. And loving someone like you is near impossible. Like holding something shattered through a raging sandstorm. If you want her to love you, shelter her from that storm…And make certain that storm isn’t you.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ✧*。٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✧*。 ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

6 thoughts on “The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: Book Review

  1. I also hope that the sequel will have more fantasy elements. Loved the main couple here, they have great chemistry!!

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