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The Wrath & the Dawn

(The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  95,621 ratings  ·  15,303 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 volu
Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by Speak (first published May 12th 2015)
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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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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 reimagining to this book is the a
Emily May
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy, arc, 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 I guess y
Renée Ahdieh
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Obviously I'm biased . . . BUT THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE ;-)
Sasha Alsberg
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can watch my review here: !!
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
SoooOOOoo GoooOOOOdd
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 has her killed. Shahrzad marries him to get revenge for her bstars
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 youstoryteller.
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 (/>Things
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

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

First reading: June 2015
Holy crap. What a fantastically captivating tale.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
I will live to see tomorrow’s sunset. Make no mistake. I swear I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes.
And I will kill you.
With my own hands.

Here’s what happened: I was halfway through this book when I realized that it was slightly late, that the next day I would have to go to work early in the morning and that we humans need sleep in order to survive through the day. So, as a farewell to the book and because my curiosity took over, I decided to open the book at a random remaining page
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 volunte
Caz (littlebookowl)
<3 <3 <3

This. Book.
How dare it end where it did.
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2016
FIRST READ: June 2015
REREAD: May 2016
Still obsessed with this <3
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, an
C.G. Drews
HELLO. I AM NOT OKAY. THIS BOOK IS A BILLION PERCENT INCREDIBLE AND AJKLFDSAQTQEQQQQQJKLQ. Words?! WHAT WORDS. I'm just absolutely dancing from the proverbial rooftops that I fell in love with this book. I've had such a slack year for reading. All my highly anticipated reads have splattered like mayonnaise on the wall. But this?! They hype is completely justified. It's beautiful and visual and delicious (seriously, so much delicious food) and the characters were absolute perfection. I cannot right now. I CANNOT. I AM JUST SO HAPPY I LOVED IT ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 thinkin
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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 and was already on the last page - i would take one thousand and one nights of this story. thank goodness there

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
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.

Claudia Ramírez
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 cring
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 Wrath and the Dawn/>The
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sentences, THEN NO.

Alright, enough with the trXD
Reynita Maharani ★ 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 about the romance and I also felt tSTARS
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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I actually liked this book.

Khalid, the so called King of kings marries often. He seems to have a shortage in the bride department. Maybe because after their wedding nights the brides are put to their death.
Then enter Shahrzad, after her best friend loses her life because she was one of Khalid's brides Shahrzad volunteers to be his wife. She has plans on being his last because she is going to off his butt.

Once married
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
*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 an enticing quiet tale.
Exquisite writing style. Compelling change of POVs. Delicious food. Descriptions of clothes and culture. A few moments which tug at some heartstrings. Great female friendship (loved Despina) and addictive romance.

“She was a da/>
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
Dear Ms. Ahdieh,

I’m unsure of how you did it. Whatever magic you used to pry open my brain and look inside, I'd like to have it as well. Because this book was written for me, it is, in many ways, my dream book and encompasses everything I want in a novel. So, I would really like to know how you did it.

You may have other people fooled but this is not a debut novel. This CAN’T be a debut novel because, well, THE WRITING IS PERFECT.

Again, I ask you to give me som
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FLAME IN THE MIST will be released on 5.16.17.

** Please note that requests for Advanced Reader Copies should be made through Penguin, and all other requests should be submitted through the author's website. **

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“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
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