The Wrath & the Dawn
By Renee Ahdieh
Based on One Thousand and One Nights and The Arabian Nights, this tale is an exciting story of love, conflict, murder, and mystery. The Caliph of Khorasan has been cursed for his sins. “One hundred lives for the one hundred lives for the one you took. “One life to one dawn. Should you fail but a single morn, I shall take from you your dreams. I shall take from you your city. And I shall take from you these lives, a thousand fold” (Ahdieh, 2015, p.80). Each night Caliph Khalid takes a new virgin bride and each time the girl does not live past the next morning. Shahrzad is a rebellious, headstrong, young woman who watched her best friend marry the murderous caliph. She plots revenge for her best friend. As part of her plan, Shahrzad marries Caliph Khalid. To everyone’s amazement, she survives the first night. The longer she stays in the palace the more she realizes there is more going on than just a murderous prince. Her clever plan is to stay alive and get revenge, but her plans change as she realizes she is falling in love with the boy prince who killed her best friend.
Elements of Young Adult
The story is a mystery with a bit of romance and magical elements. Readers will easily fall in love with Shahrzad and become understanding of Khalid as the plot unfolds.
The characters seem real, are well developed, and likeable. The characters often speak in English with bits of Arabic mixed into their conversations.
The story moves at a quick pace with romance and magical elements. It has many cliff hangers and ends abruptly. You’ll want to read the sequel to see how the story ends.
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