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 by Renée Ahdieh
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publishing Date: May 12th,2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
“My soul sees its equal in you.”
There were two short stories before the first book, One story told the background of Despina and Jalal, and the other one gave us the insight of Khalid’s character, and the first meeting of Khalid and Shahrzad.
WHY NO ONE TOLD ME IT IS A RETELLING OF THOUSAND ARABIAN NIGHTS?
The Arabian inspired rich, detailed and the beautiful world this story is set in is not new to me, It is the world every child in my country imagined him/her self at least one in life, It is the world we have lived in from our grandmother/mother stories, read in stories even from kid section, watched on TV. I guess you got my point that this world is near to my heart, and it didn’t take me long to submerge in the story.
“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”
Khalid is the caliph of Khorasan, who has been killing his brides at every dawn. Shahrzad volunteered to be her bride to take revenge for her best friend, who was one of the Khalid’s bride. In start, it felt like a story of a monster, who has a complicated history, and a badass girl who is going to set him right. But it was more than that.
“Love is—a shade of what I feel.”
I liked the writing and instantly fall for Khalid and Shahrzad, I liked the way the author didn’t turn it into a total Love triangle. And also didn’t drag the misunderstanding and betrayal, Though she kept the reason behind the murder of every bride for a long time which I didn’t mind.
I really loved it, after so long I enjoyed a fantasy this much, Can’t wait to read the final book.
“I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.”