I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th, 2015
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Retelling, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
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.
Shahrzad is a force to be reckoned with. Being a noblewoman she grew up with having no worries and wants and it shows when she ends up as queen (calipa). I pretty much laughed out loud at the witty banter her character would spring on people. Shahrzad had snarky wittled down to a science. I loved her struggle with being faithful to her plan and gaining revenge for her own best friend. What I wanted to see was more of a back story with her and Shiva. I wanted to see their friendship and see how strong their bond was.
The other characters seemed unmemorable to be honest, except Despina. Now she was one that I knew I would like immediately. Even though I didn’t trust her, she seemed like a wholly capable strong woman as Shahrzad.
There’s a glossary in the back for everyone to check out and it helped so much. I was constantly flipping to the back to find out what item was what or which term was used in which context. The dialogue and the world setting was on point. I even googled some objects and wanted to learn how to pronounce their names correctly. I hope I did get the names correctly in my head when I was reading :P. I loved the details about every little thing. What the scene looked like, where they were, what objects they were glossing over etc. It really felt like I was dropped in the Arabian setting and thrust upon these characters and their story. I loved reading the stories that were being told even though I don’t know anything about the original stories, I did catch Aladdin and Blue Beard in there.
There wasn’t too much of a story. Unless you count the romance which I did but I didn’t want it to be just a romance. I wanted more magic and plot and character development. I wanted Shahrzad to dig up Khalid’s past. There was none of that. I also wanted to find out why they loved each other? They truly challenged each other but was that it? The one thing that bonded them together? After a while, I couldn’t get over their romantic laments, but that’s just me.
A beautiful setting, with diverse poignant characters, The Wrath and The Dawn will have you wanting more. I know I did because I can’t wait for the next installment. A wonderful debut in my book!