Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

I can’t remember for how long this book had been catching dust in my TBR pile. Everytime I would reach out for the book, I would get distracted with some other books and dropping it again for the dust bunnies to feed. I think I picked the book at a wrong time. I picked it almost after continuously reading books of the same nature and my eye rolls had gone on its peak. So that have partially clouded my judgement about The Wrath and the Dawn.

The Wrath and the Dawn Official Synopsis

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?

The Wrath and the Dawn RWAT Take

As much the beginning offered an intriguing theme, eventually the book turned out to be yet another YA fantasy romance. Although that is the only bad thing I have to say about the book, That it follows the usual template but otherwise the book is fantastic with fabulous storyline.

The book, maybe at another time would have perhaps given me a completely different experience but even so I still would say I did enjoy the book. The narration, story development were all spot on but its just the same underlying YA romance pattern that kind of gave a frown. Although that shouldn’t be a big concern as even if it had a predictable outcome and plot, the elements were charming and storytelling had a magic to it that made all the difference


In conclusion I would say that the book is absolutely charming but yes has a predictable plot and characters. Almost everybody behaves from the age old script but at the same time, I would say, that the book has got its own individuality even for being a common themed book

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