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The Wrath and the Dawn

(The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  161,505 ratings  ·  21,905 reviews
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 voluntee
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Nidhi Bhatt Actually the holes are an important part of Arab and Moghul Architecture as the females are to be kept in veils. the windows from which female members…moreActually the holes are an important part of Arab and Moghul Architecture as the females are to be kept in veils. the windows from which female members of the royal families used to see outside the Royal Palaces used to have all these intricately carved designs through which they could view everything going on outside. They are called "Jarukha" in Hindi language. The people outside could not see inside the Palace or if there is anyone standing on the other side of the window. :)

The cover just depicts the Main Character behing such window. Such Jarukhas are really famous in Moghul Palaces in India.

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Natalie Monroe
1.5 stars

"How can I desire him? After he killed Shiva. After he killed so many young girls, without explanation.

What's wrong with me?"

A three-sentence summary of The Wrath and the Dawn:

Shahrzad: I will kill Caliph Khalid to avenge my best friend!
Khalid: *eye smoulder*
Shahrzad: Lol, nah.

That is literally what happens. I'm not joking. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of the classical One Thousand and One Nights tale. Every day, the Caliph of Khorasan marries a new bride and by dawn, he
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
She wanted to kiss him.


It was one thing to return his kiss; she’d been prepared for that. But it was another thing entirely to want his kiss . . . another thing entirely to desire his affections. To melt into the arms of Shiva’s killer at the first sign of adversity.


Retellings should light my imagination on fire. They should take the original story, add a twist to it, make it so that we don't feel like we're reading the same old, same old. The only twist, the only imaginative reimagi
Emily May
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2015, fantasy, young-adult
“Make sure they never forget. You are the Calipha of Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king.” She bent forward and lowered her voice. “And, most important, you are a fearsome thing to behold in your own right.”

My original plan was to finish this book tonight and then write up a review tomorrow, but after that ending, I just can't stop thinking about it and I need to get my thoughts down right now. In short: I enjoyed this book very much. Way more than I expected to, to tell the truth. And
Renée Ahdieh
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Obviously I'm biased . . . BUT THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE ;-) ...more
Sasha Alsberg
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You can watch my review here: !!
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
SoooOOOoo GoooOOOOdd
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
not that i needed a reread to confirm this, but one thousand and one nights retellings are my absolute favourite retellings.

retellings are slowing making their way into my favourite genre because this was pure magic. this felt captivatingly fresh and delightfully original. it was such a clever story of love and passion, but intertwined with nuances of folklore legend and mystery.

it was almost too good to be true because i could not put this down. i felt like i accidentally blinked
Wendy Darling
Hm. People are loving this much-hyped book, but I have rather mixed feelings about this one.

Things I liked:
-- awesome premise, obviously
-- a world very different from what we're used to
-- a few intriguing conversations between women (Shazi and Despina, Shazi and Yasmine)
-- diversity, yay
-- a few nice action scenes towards the end
-- the romance, which eventually sparked and got me very invested in what's going to happen next!

Things I wanted more of:

-- Magic (perhaps this will come in the next bo
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
I loved it beyond words.

I'm in awe. This beautiful journey, this journey of longing, magic and love sang to my soul, gave me wings, spilled vibrant colours in a bleak routine and made my heart burst.
Renee Ahdieh is a rare storyteller.
“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 thousandfold.”

The Caliph of Khorasan, the King
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 1.5

Do you ever just hear about a book and know without a shadow of a doubt that you will love it? That’s how I always felt about this book. I had seen rave review after rave review. Everyone I know LOVES it. So I always just knew that I would love it too.

I was wrong.

This book was painful to get through. From the forced writing style to the lackluster plot and flat characters. To say I am disappointed with this book is an understantment.

I know a lot of people praise the writing
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy, owned, retellings

Reread: April 2016
STILL AMAZING can't wait to read the next one!

First reading: June 2015
Holy crap. What a fantastically captivating tale.
Caz (littlebookowl)
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favourites
<3 <3 <3

This. Book.
How dare it end where it did.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Wrath and the Dawn is every recently amazing YA book thrown into one read. Red Queen meets An Ember in the Ashes meets A Court of Thorns and Roses . The main difference it has between those books is the amount of action. The Wrath definitely set aside action packed scenes for a slower more lyrical literature depth.

Sharhrzad (Shazi) is out to seek revenge for the murder of her best friend and decides too volunteer to be the next wife of the Caliph of Khorasan. The Caliph is known for b
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this just replaced ACOTAR as my number one book of the year....YES YOU HEARD ME RIGHT.
There is so much right about this book. The world building is great, the smaller magical elements are phenomenal, and the characters are ON PAR. I loved it so much and I'm SO PUMPED THERE WILL BE MORE STORY.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-reads
“I’ve been told a good storyteller can trap an audience with a single sentence.”

This review contains *spoilers*.

I picked this book up completely on a whim, and I’m so glad that I did. I was completely entranced by The Wrath & the Dawn. The setting was just right, the writing was engaging, and I thought every character brought something important to the story. This book felt like it should go on forever, and I was really disappointed when it didn't.

The Wrath & the Dawn follows Shahrzad on a ques
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
FIRST READ: June 2015
REREAD: May 2016
Still obsessed with this <3

Ohh, i am going to get so much hate for this!
I am perfectly aware that I am in the minority here. Most of my friends adore The Wrath and the Dawn, all of my teachers (yes, I share my books with my teacher. I'm that kid) even my grandma's sister has read it AND raves about it. I honestly do not understand why, i'm afraid to ask her so i'm asking you guys. Help me please, and try not to hate me. I'm don't even know how to rate this. I don't want to give it 2 stars, because 2 stars is Queen of Sha
This would be funny if it weren't so bad.

The Wrath and the Dawn sells itself as a diverse, feminist retelling of Arabian Nights, and you know I'm practically married to feminist novels. Spoiler alert: this was not feminist. Or diverse. Or even a good retelling of Arabian Nights.

Shahrzad (I'm going to call her Shazi from now on, because I can't spell) has one desire--she wants revenge on her best friend's murderer. Unfortunately, this killer happens to be a caliph who is rather fond of killing
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. PERIOD. (and one of my favorite books EVER.)

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The Wrath & The Dawn is a lush retelling of 1001 Nights. It follows Shahrzad as she seeks revenge for the murder of her best friend by The Monster King of Khorasan, Khalid.

So I had just read ACOTAR, and I wasn't expecting another book to top for a long time this year. I was actually thinking that it would be my favorite of the year. WRONG. The Wrath & The Dawn hit it it out of the park for me! I was actuall
Claudia Lomelí
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really a 4.5 because I had some minor issues with it. But wow, I loved it!!!

I'm going to speak about the story with more depht in my wrap up, but for now I just want to speak of one character.


He is so precious, I just want him to be happy! Really, he is something special. It's been a while since the male protagonist of a book didn't made me roll my eyes with his cheesy lines, but Khalid managed to melt my heart with some quotes that normally would've made me cringe. I was smiling like an
Andreea Pop
“I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.”

The Wrath and the Dawn is, simply put, amazing. Breathtaking. Stunning. My sappy, romantic heart was joyous with this love story, swooning and falling head over heels in love with the characters. Thrilling, seductive and incredibly enchanting, this book will have you devouring page after page filled with literary deliciousness.

One enigmatic boy-king, the caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride every day only to have he
maria ✦‧₊☽
❥ 𝟜.𝟝/★★★★★

“𝗡𝗼. 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲. 𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝗿."

𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴
You travel through so many stories in this book. The stories range from wrath to revenge and dawn to love. I liked how the fairytales mixed with this book, it reminded me of aladdin and the magic lamp. I know they are different but the settings were similar and I loved it.

“𝙄𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙣𝙤 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙥𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧
✨ A ✨
I finally get why so many people love this series. I gobbled this book up in a way that I haven't sped through a YA fantasy in a very long time. The pacing, the plot, the writing, THE CHARACTERS — so fucking great.

“In my life, the one thing I have learned above all is that no individual can reach the height of their potential without the love of others.”

Just as I was about to start this book, I read the blurb (which is a rarity for me, because I distrust blurbs) it said this was inspired by
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay to begin by saying this book was glorious is pure injustice. But I will say that this story was a waft of fresh air in the young adult trivia. The story takes place in the ancient city of khorasan, in a time of magic and mystical existence. Maybe one of the main reasons I loved this book so much was the use of Persian origin words. My mother tongue being Farsi, this book felt like home. Like I was reading a story about my people and my history, even though it leaned more towards the influen ...more
2 stars? 3.5 stars? 5 STARS?!?!

Fucked if I know. I'm...torn. So I guess I'll leave this at three stars for now.

This book made me feel a lot of feels. But they were conflicting feels. On the one hand, this is a beautifully written, atmospheric 1001 Nights retelling rich with imagery. On the other hand, a lot of that gorgeous prose is dedicated to showing the reader, over and over again, how indecisive the female lead is.

You see, she's chosen to marry the king out of vengeance. He married and ki
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My heart is broken.
My brain is broken.

At first, I thought that this book was alright but the last hundred pages BLEW MY MIND.
(Damn you Khalid, for being so hot)

To be honest, Shahrzad was sort of a hot-headed, stubborn brat in my opinion at first XD
Which, in some cases, this description really suits her throughout the story...
I mean..
1) She tried climbing a wall just to prove that she could. Just....wha?
2) She kept repeating how she hated Khalid, which yes, I can understand but if said every 2 se
Steph Sinclair
Actual rating is somewhere around 3.5 stars.

The Wrath and the Dawn has all the elements of an amazing story. It has a strong heroine, intriguing plot, moral ambiguity, a complex cast of characters that inspire all sorts of internal emotional turmoil. Basically, set phasers to LET ME LOVE YOU. Even for those like me who haven't read A Thousand and One Nights, can appreciate the rich setting and visually stunning descriptions. And I can't tell you how happy I am to say that I really enjoyed The Wr
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★

"Don't sneer at me. I may be small, but, when pushed, I can
strike out with a surprising amount of force."

Before I begin reviewing the book, I want to say a massive thank you to My friend Brittany for telling me about the romance in this book because if you didn't tell me, then I wouldn't buy this book in the first place and also thank you for listening to my thoughts about this book through messages!


My Opinion Time!

The reasons that I read this because Brittany told me
Maggie ☘
There's webcomic adaptation of this book (under the same name) out on Webtoons now! The art made by Silvester Vitale. I've alread read through the episodes that are up and it's amazng! Be sure to check it out too. <3


*4.5/5 stars*

“A true plague of a girl. And yet a queen in every sense of the word.”

Such a beautifully written fairy tale. I loved the story, the romance and how the world was depicted. I had some problems here and there, but it was just such
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

BR with my broken boys' favorite specialist, Chelsea (click to read her review)

Useless horrible love-triangle : now, that's an addition to the original tale that doesn't appeal to me. Indeed it was unnecessary and resulted in predictability for the plot. Plus, Tariq is an asshole. A stupid one at it.

Fast forward in Shazi's feelings : what is it with the fluttering in the stomach after one night? So Khalid listened to her story, so what? At this point he never showed anything to prove that
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FLAME IN THE MIST will be released on 5.16.17.

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“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
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