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I was never a fantasy genre fanatic, I usually stick to contemporary reads but WOW did this book (duology) change my mind. I am so in love with both the main characters, Shahrzad and Khalid. They emit such power and independence yet, they don't seem to work at all without the other. This love story is set in the Middle East and involves magic, romance, daggers, and the infamous enemies-to-lovers trope (my personal favorite). Not to mention, Renee's beautiful writing and world-building. I recommend this to all my friends.
This is hands down my favorite book I have ever read. The story begins with a girl named Shahzad who is out for revenge, meaning she is out to kill the King. The King, known as Khalid, has a reputation for taking on brides each day, and each dawn he orders for their deaths. Shahzad recently lost her best friend to Khalid’s evil tactics and she decides that enough is enough and that she will be the one to put an end to the killer King. She decides to marry the King and offer herself up as one of his brides to get closer to him and then murder him, however, all is not as it seems.
There are secrets both Khalid and Shahzad are keeping and despite all this, they seem to start to share feelings for each other. You must read the book to see how this enticing story ends and I must tell you it is worth it! Personally, I love enemies to lovers romance books and this book fits that category perfectly with the right amount of banter between the characters as well as affection. Moreover, there is a bigger problem in the story that slowly unveils itself as you read it and I love this about the book: there was never a dull moment.
I would recommend this book to those who love fantasy novels as well as of course enemies to lover's books. Those two aspects were executed in a well worthy manner by Ahdieh in her novel! I would say this book is similar to The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller in regards to the enemies to lovers aspect and the fact that in both the books the characters are trying to woo a King and murder a King but somehow they find love. All in all, I would most definitely recommend this book 100% as it has earned my 5 stars! - Marwa
Thinking about buying a bull horn so that I can yell at people on the street to read this book. The end had me not only weeping but desperately wanting more. The story of Khalid and Shazi was vividly encapsulating.
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This book has been made into a Webtoon and it is well deserved. The Wrath and The Dawn transports the reader into a world inspired by Arabian nights. At first glance, the book seems like just another romance novel, but it is much more than a simple romance story. The way Shahrzard can use her brain to outthink others and the Caliph is very interesting. She is a protagonist that fights not with swords, but with her tongue, which makes her very different from many young adult novel protagonists. I also appreciated the stories that Shahrzard would tell the caliph to buy time. Once you pick up this book, you won't stop reading, that's for sure! I recommend young adults to check out this book for some light reading. The webtoon version of this book is just as good and I can't wait to read the sequel of this book. A solid 8/10
Fun book if you don't scrutinize it too much. Read it in one sitting because I knew if I put it down I wouldn't pick it up in a while. That being said, the imagery is amazing, no wonder it's being made into a webtoon. I also enjoyed the way the author shows off the unique setting, with mentions of culturally relevant instruments and architecture.
I am absolutely in love with this book. IN. LOVE. I haven't read a book I've loved this much in a very long time...worthy of so many more than five stars. These characters were so amazing, the world so rich and vibrant that I really felt like I was living in it. I felt as torn as Shazi and I just adored it.
Renée Ahdieh is an amazing Author. This book takes place in the middle east and has amazing plot, character development, and imagery. As the book goes on the characters become more defined and the whole thing becomes more intense. The way it is written makes you never want to put it down.
I like the story of A Thousand and One Nights, so I was excited to read this YA adaptation. I was underwhelmed. This book did not do nearly enough to develop the story or the characters before jumping into the romance. The whole time I was thinking, they have spent hardly any time together, know almost nothing about each other, and yet they are deeply in love. After so many extraordinary girls before her, it is unclear why Shahrzad is the one who gets to live. She tells stories? So what. I personally did not find the stories she told to be that riveting and I was perplexed by the rapid passage of time. She tells one short story and then it's dawn. Hooray she lives to tell another tale! The king trusts Shahrzad implicitly, but again, why? I just didn't buy it.
I did enjoy the imagery and I listened to the book in it's entirety, so I didn't hate it. I would have loved to see the magic aspect fleshed out better. I saw great potential with that particular storyline, even if it didn't get a lot of page presence. I am on the fence about starting the next book The Rose & the Dagger.
What a horrible book, horrible writing(in every way), horrible characters and horrible story line.
First of all, the writing is so tedious and boring. I tried to read it all but it became a chore, not a fun way to use up my time. The writing content was odd, and I absolutely despised the random Arabic words here and there. The author should have made up her mind. Write it in ENGLISH OR IN ARABIC!
Secondly, the characters drove me crazy. Shahrzad, is weak in every way. She has ZERO backbone! I mean, if you want to kill someone, then don't fall in love with them after what 3 days, for at the most, and for no good reasons, oh no, even they didn't have 1 conversation. And it's not like she is lonely, why back at home, she had a frigging BOYFRIEND! Please, she has no excuse for that. Not only that, she really needs character development. As for Khalid, he is boring. I understand that there could be some really bad reason, for example someone is forcing you to kill all those girls but a curse was not only unrealistic and stupid, the curse itself was boring. Khalid too should have some character development. The other characters are stupid and pointless only there to make sure that there are other people in the world.
Last is the story line. The story picks up right away which is really unexpected because we, as readers, would need to have some connection with her dead best friend. Then we must gradually begin to get over her. Also this story is just boring because there is no meat and in the end when the big reveal happened, I was about to fall out of my chair of boredom and plain annoyance at the author's lack of imagination.
Thank god I finished this chore(it stopped being a book or a story a long time ago).
Inspired by the stories in Arabian Nights, Wrath is first and foremost a romance wrapped in mystery and adventure. Perfect for fans of Rae Carson.
The story is centered in a middle eastern city called Khorasan, many years ago. It follows a teen girl named Shahrzad who is on a revenge seeking mission to kill the young king of Khorasan. The king has been marrying a different woman every night, and then having them murdered the next day for many months now, and he had Shahrzad’s best friend killed. Shahrzad is the first woman to volunteer to be the next bride sacrifice, and the king cannot help but wonder why this girl would give up her life. As the two start to spend more time together, Shahrzad begins to realize that there must be a reason why the king kills these women, and she is determined to find out why. I was so impressed with how strong the female characters were in the story, and how the author seemed to make a point that women are capable of saving themselves. The story has romance, suspense, action, humour, and it is a bit like Game of Thrones mixed with Aladdin but for Young Adults. A good book to read in the summer. (Submitted by Joy)
If you enjoy fairy-tale spin offs then this is the duology for you!! Renee Ahdieh took the idea of the original 'A Thousand and one Arabian Nights' story and made it all her own. The main character, Shahrzad, mirrors Disney's Princess Jasmine with her strong willed attitude. Throughout the story she continuously takes matters into her own hands and refuses to let anyone decide her fate for her. Among the action and mystery there is also a beautiful love story with a lot of "swoon worthy" scenes in this book. I suggest you have book 2 (The Rose and the Dagger) on hand when you finish this one!
This is a retelling of 1001 Nights- or, if you're familiar with Disney's Aladdin, the Genie's reference in his Friend Like Me song, "Sharhzd had a thousand tales." It was tough to get into at first, since it takes place in the Middle East- an area I'm not familiar with, and the strange names and honorifics did confuse me for awhile. As soon as I got a handle on it, I really began to enjoy myself. There's only hints of magic here- a floating carpet, a curse, and the ability to light candles. It isn't central to the story, like so many YA fantasy novels, and this magic takes a backseat to the romance, which certainly takes center stage. I quickly became wrapped up in Sharhzd and Khalid's relationship, and was not happy when the story shifted to her father or Tariq. Had I been reading the actual book instead of listening to it on Audiobook, I would have just skimmed through those chapters. Tariq comes off as whiny and petulant, and acts like a 3 year old who has had his favorite toy taken from him. Shazi and Khalid's relationship progresses at a believable rate. I really felt for both of their struggles- neither of them wanted to fall in love, it simply complicated things. I was happy to see that the book started off with them being married, and having sex right away- something you don't often see in YA novels, and it was refreshing. It set the stage for them actually making love at the end of the book, and showcased that there is an obvious difference between the two. Shazi is the strongest leading lady in YA that I've seen in awhile, and that was also very refreshing. She fights with her words and actions. She is unafraid to do what is right. She's spunky, brave, and demands the truth. I will most definitely be reading the next, as this ends on a cliffhanger.
One of my favorite folk tale retellings. The characters are engaging and multifaceted and the story never drags. And the setting details are gorgeous - I want to be in those places and most especially eat all the amazing food described.
A loose retelling of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights with an epic romance
This book is a poorly written retelling of Scheherazade. Khalid marries a new woman every day and then his wife is killed in the morning. Shahrzad is determined to avenge her best friend who was one of Khalid’s wives. She volunteers to be Khalid’s wife with the intention of killing him, but she doesn’t have a plan. Shahrzad considers herself independent and strong, but she is weak and indecisive around both of her controlling love interests. I think the author wants us to be sympathetic to Khalid, but curse or no curse, he’s a terrible person. There are really disturbing consent issues, and I think the author meant it as a compliment to Shahrzad that Khalid forced himself on her on their wedding night. It was disgusting. There are also numerous plotlines that don’t go anywhere, and are probably just setting up the second book. I won’t be reading that.
Here's my simple assessment of this book: the main character was badass. She was amazing, witty, intelligent, sharp, and brave. I admired her and wanted her to succeed in all the things. But the story surrounding her was not well done. I felt like a character like that deserved more -- I wished for more intensity, more depth. But I just got a love story with a weak love triangle and I was disappointed. I think it had a lot of potential but it could have been better.
Also, the audiobook of this book is crap. The character doesn't change voices and makes it difficult to keep track of who is speaking what and when.
It really was a fun read. I may have seen some of the plot twists coming, and had a hard time in the beginning keeping some of the character names straight in my head, but overall it was a novel about looking past a person's reputation or actions and searching for their emotions and motives.
The main character is a fiery, independent woman who hates letting other people make decisions for her. I loved her, honestly. I thought in the beginning that her strength would visibly sizzle out as the novel went on and as she fell in love (like many other books I've read), but I was thankfully wrong. Shazi kept her stubbornness and tenacity strong throughout the entire book and I was incredibly happy for it.
Some side characters I wish I knew more about, and could delve a bit into their stories more, but otherwise I could feel their need in the plot.
Not sure how I personally feel about Khalid yet, but I can understand Shazi's feelings towards him.
Also, I loved the stories she told, and was very grateful that they weren't overlooked and paraphrased to save time.
Great read, nice one to relax and kill time with.
This book blew me away. The Flame in the Mist was good, but this was even better. A twist on “Arabian Nights”, we are introduced to a fierce and strong young woman named Shehrzad on her wedding day as she is married to the caliph of Khorasan. Her destiny is to die at dawn, like the dozens of brides before her, but she will not go down without a fight. This mantra and her fearless will to sacrifice and survive remain a constant message throughout the novel, and make this main protagonist extremely likeable! I did, however, have issues with the world building; I would classify this as a romance because other aspects were overlooked and distant. Nevertheless, the romance is so worth it and the ending leaves you itching for the next installment! Rating 4.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
5 STARS AWEE I loved this book so much. Thank you, Renee Ahdieh. “I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it." “Love is—a shade of what I feel.” ― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn. This book was amazing and I couldn't put it down. The characters were perfect. The plot was perfect. The everything was perfect. I was so sad when I flipped to the last page. I also loved that it wasn't instant love AT ALL. Shahrzad actually hated Khalid with everything she has ever lived for. Throughout the book, so much awesome and heartwrenching stuff happens and I adore it all. I especially love Khalid. He seemed so unloved before Shahrzad came and it broke my heart. But as the book went on he opened his heart and it was so sweet. Sorry, this review was short but I didn't want to spoil or hint anything that happened in the book because it's so GOOD. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This is a beautiful retelling of the classic story: "A thousand and one nights." For those that do not know, it speaks about a newlywed man and woman who are caught in a well told story. The man needs to kill his wife, but cannot as she never finishes her story before dawn and he never finds the end. This continues for a period of, well, 1001 nights, and she lives. I liked how it was fleshed out and a backdrop of other people came to life. By volunteering, the protagonist had to leave behind all that kept her rooted. In this, she was captured but also set free.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Loving these books and the characters... can't wait to see where this story leads :)
The Arabian Nights seems to be one of those books that everyone knows about but not many people have read the whole thing. We know that we get the story of Aladdin, and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves from it, among countless others, but it is the back story that Renee Ahdieh takes, and turns into something magical. Caliph Khalid takes a wife every day, and murders her by sunrise. Shahrzad decides to offer herself as his wife after he has killed not only 70 or so women, but her best friend, Shiva. By getting close, she believes she can exact revenge and put his reign of terror to an end. But here, the story deviates from the original, because the Caliph is not the man he seems to be. Something has forced him to into this course, but because he trusts no one, especially the woman who volunteered for almost certain death, it is impossible to find out why this has happened. The more Shahrzad sees the difference between his actions and the murders, the more she wants to learn, and the less she wants to kill.
All the characters are in their late teens/early 20s, and as is typical, they all seem to think they are smarter than they are and indestructible. Watching them move beyond the typical is a joy, and listening to the tales of Shahrzad, no matter how repeated, proves why they've endured so long.
I honestly didn't know if there would be a second book, but I had to have it as soon as I finished this one. The larger story, outside of the love story, is what keeps this from being a typical love-triangle. From those who think they act out of love, to those who feel they've been overlooked, every character brings something to make this novel more than the sum of its parts.
Liked the plot and sub-plots and the writing style which kept me up reading later than I should have. Would have given it 4 stars but felt that it ended too abruptly...such that I felt confused as if I had been following a path that suddenly dropped me off a cliff. Very disconcerting and annoying ! But it didn't put me off enough to not read the next installment.
I knew this one was going to be good before I started--I'd heard it from publishers and librarians alike, but I didn't realize just how incredible and compelling it would be! I love the main characters in this story--yes, it's a retelling, but this retelling made the original story come alive for me. There are secrets people keep to protect the ones they love, and this book was spot on with this. This is one series I am going to actually read the sequel to!
This book was just beautiful.
It was an interesting take on the 1001 Nights story that has been around. Although to be honest, even if you have no idea what I'm talking about, it doesn't matter, because this book takes the ground work for that and makes it into its own thing! The story does a great job of keeping you invested and also throwing a few curve balls your way. (Basically: GO READ IT NOW!!)
I loved Shahrzad. She was strong, beautiful and full of amazing sass. I loved watching her development/struggle as she got to know Khalid and as she wrestled with doing what was "right" and trying to reconcile the Khalid she was coming to know with the man she'd sworn to kill.
The other characters were great too. Khalid, who even from the beginning was clearly more than what people thought. Despina, Shahrzad's handmaiden who certainly didn't pull punches when it came to pointing out feelings that Shahrzad was trying to ignore. Jalal, Khalid's cousin and his right hand man who also didn't pull punches when it came to feelings Khalid was trying to ignore. Also, a lot of the more "minor" characters were interesting and I hope a few of them make repeat appearances.
The buildup throughout the book was an awesome slow burn. Not just in the romance/relationship department (which was phenomenal BTW!!), but in the reveal to things as well. Of course, the slow burn meant that the ending was rather cliffhanger-esque with an awesome set up for The Rose & the Dagger, but waiting is going to be interesting.