Friday, January 10, 2020

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Shahrzad is a teen-aged girl who volunteers to marry the murderer of her best friend- the Caliph of Khorasan. Whenever the young Caliph marries, his wife is found dead by dawn the next day. Shahrzad's best friend was such a victim, and after her death, Shahrzad swears revenge. She leaves behind her father, sister, love, and friends to pursue her task. She manages to get through each night by telling stories that are able to captivate her husband. While at the palace, Shahrzad looks for any opportunity to kill the Caliph, while constantly observing him from afar. Meanwhile, those she had left behind try to cope with her absence.

I enjoyed reading this book a lot and was unable to put it down. The author includes so many details and descriptions to every character and place in the book that I was able to imagine everything in my head as if they were my own memories. The author was able to create an amazing story that I recommended to my friends, telling them it was like a television drama, only written down on paper. However, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone younger than the teen level because of a few scenes. Another characteristic of this book that I enjoyed very much is that it is like a unique retelling of The Arabian Nights and included several details from individual stories.

Reviewed by anonymous, Grade 10
Glendale Central Library