Book: The Wrath & The Dawn
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Published: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Classified As: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Series: The Wrath & The Dawn #1 (Sequels include The Rose & The Daggar)
Favourite Quote(s): “Because this is what it means to be you. It means knowing no bounds. Being limitless in all that you do.”
“You are the Calipha of Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king. More important, you have his heart. And, most important, you are a fearsome thing to behold in your own right.”
“Sayyidi, I do believe you left something rather important in the Grand Portico.”
Cover Judgment: BOOOOOOOOOMB. Cover luuuuust, man. The endpages of this hardcover are even more stunning because Shahrzad in all her glory is goals. ALSO, #DIVERSITYINYA, REPRESENT.
Review: OH, MAN. OH, MAN. HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS BOOK? First of all, physically speaking, this book is gorgeous. Jacket, endpages, spine = designed to perfection. As for the book, INCREDIBLE. A creative, inventive, unique retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. It’s so great to see retellings of non-fairy tales; (I’m sure there are many more retellings of A Thousand and One Nights but this is the first I’ve come across and I LOVED it!)
ONE Renée Ahdieh’s writing style is so lyrical. It’s all a poem. Her descriptions of food, as friend so aptly pointed out, make me want to eat the pages of this book. I want to devour everything edible described in exquisite detail in this book. ALL OF IT. Her poetic writing extends also to the palace settings and desert landscapes, I could see it all in my head (aka I am Shahrzad, skilled archer who has no need of sights). Ahdieh’s writing style definitely reminds me of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series!
TWO Shazi and Khalid. What an OTP, you guys, WHAT AN OTP. The tension between these two, GOODNESS. The slow burn but also PROPS to Shazi and Khalid to being the only YA-couple I can think of that legitimately talk about their problems in a timely manner instead of beating around the bush or worse, NOT talking about it and just imagining all the things (I’m look at you, Kestrel & Arin). Their relationship blossoms slowly, unusually, and it’s realistic – they have some hiccups and make up. Shalid/Khazi are ultimate #relationshipgoals.
THREE Shazi has so much personality, gaaaah, I love it. She’s so brave, basically walking to her death. She’s strong, playing the part in the beginning to find Khalid’s weakness. Shazi uses her brain and I just appreciate her for using her intellect as well as her womanly wiles.
FOUR I wish we got see more of Shazi’s family, especially her father, Jahandar, and her first love, Tariq. But we shall see more of them in The Rose & The Daggar. What we do know about Jahandar and Tariq is intriguing enough! Have to commend this book for solid side characters who we actually get to know on a deep, personal level because Ahdieh really brings the palace to life with Despina, Rajput and Jalal – everyone’s favourite flirt! Those little friendships round out this splendid cast beautifully!
Final Thoughts: Definitely do not judge this book by it’s beautiful cover and assume it’s a light, happy read – it’s dark, confusing and will rip your heart into a million pieces because OF. THAT. EPILOGUE.
Who’s read this because FEELZ. And also, we’ve two novellas to look forward to AS WELL AS A SEQUEL, THE ROSE & THE DAGGAR, coming out in May!!!!