Well Chris and I might be working our way through Europe right about now, but that doesn’t mean that I would miss the opportunity to link up with Carolann and Christy for this month’s Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club linkup! This month we read The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and I loved it so much and I can’t wait to talk about it!
In the kingdom of Khorasan, a young boy king named Khalid has become notorious across the land for marrying a new bride every day, only to have her murdered at dawn the next day. When Shahrzad’s best friend is murdered by the king, Shahrzad volunteers to become the next Calipha so that she can seek revenge on the king.
To survive the first night, Shahrzad tells the Caliph a long winded tale that he cannot resist hearing the ending to. When dawn arises, he let’s her live until the following night so that he can hear the end of the story the following night. This continues for several nights until it is apparent that Shahrzad will be allowed to live. As she continues to meet the king every night, their feelings start to grow towards each other, and suddenly Shahrzad asks herself if she can really follow through with the act of murder that she originally had planned for the king.
If you’ve heard of the story A Thousand And One Nights, and think that the premise of this story sounds familiar, you would be correct. The storyline is very similar, especially the storytelling part between Shahrzad and Khalid and the killing of the brides at dawn. Having never read the story myself, I can’t say whether or not that’s where the similarities end or not. I would assume that they stay pretty similar, but I’m not sure. That being said, after reading this book I’m really interested in reading the original story now.
If you read my reading update from April, you know that last month was definitely a slow month of reading for me. While I haven’t been doing that much better for the month of May, this was one of the books that definitely helped to break my slump that I was in. This book immediately grabbed me and pulled me in, and I couldn’t put it down! I loved how the author alternated points of view for the different characters and it definitely helped me to stay interested. Even though I wanted to hear more about Shahrzad’s storyline, I still wanted to learn more from her friend’s point of view as well, and even Khalid.
The other thing that I really liked about this book was how you really felt for every character and their situation that they were in, even if you didn’t think that you should like them. For example, the king who is murdering young women every morning you think that you should hate, but at the same time you can’t help but feel bad for the situation that he’s in and hope that he turns over a new leaf.
I have to say that even though I loved this book very much, the one thing that I didn’t like was that it basically ended leading right into a sequel. I guess that it’s the thing now with YA books now, they all have to be more than one book or triologys. I seriously don’t understand why authors can’t write just one solid book. Anyways, I guess I really should stop my complaining because the sequel was on sale the other day for just $2.99 from Barnes & Noble, so now I’ll be able to know what happened!
Overall, I thought that this was a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and I probably would have rated it a 5 out of 5 stars if it had been a stand alone book. Next month we’re slated to read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and I might be even more excited to read this one than I was to read some of other books. Ever since Hulu released the series I’ve been dying to read the book so I can watch the series. I just hope that I end up loving it as much as I think that I will.
Have you read any good books lately? Have you read The Wrath & The Dawn?