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.
- The story is a re-telling of an old fable. I didn't even realize it until they started quoting the story on an episode of Criminal Minds. I love that I was introduced to the story the way I was.
- The writing in the book was poetic. I really enjoyed Renee's style and thought it brought a unique life to the book.
- Shahrzad was an awesome main character. I cannot imagine how hard it would have to be to walk into a situation where you are fairly certain you will die. She did it for her family, her country, but it is a crazy patriotism that would have been a hard first step to take. She was so strong and skilled. She was smart and I really enjoyed how badass she is. I am excited to see her character growth in the series.
- The location of the story and the descriptions of the living arrangements and the culture were so vivid. My step-grandparents were from Syria and I have been immersed in the culture a little bit. I love the colors, the foods, the smells. The book really brought the culture to life.
- Khalid was one of those characters you hate at first, but want to love. I always fall for those strong boys with a teddy bear hearts. I am most excited to see how his character arcs in the next book.
- I just felt a little let down when the story ends. I am almost wishing that I waiting to start this one until at least the second book was out. I read the ending a couple times because I was surprised how abruptly it ended. I am not one who loves cliffhangers.