The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Khalid is a murderer. Every night he marries a new girl and at sunrise she is executed. This happens every day until Shahrzad volunteers to be Khalid’s next bride. Yet Shazi has a plan. She will beguile the Caliph with a wondrous story that must be continued on another day, but as the days progress and she begins to fall in love with this young man, she must decide if she is going to follow the love in her heart or the hatred. Slowly she learns things about this king that the common people of the realm will never know and after she begins to unravel the secrets behind the murders … she is determined to see this to the end.
The Wrath and the Dawn is the first book in a new historical fiction tale with just a touch of the supernatural. This love story is inspired by A Thousand and One Nights and I hope that readers will be interested enough to seek out the original. Ahdieh’s words flow throughout the story and this languid romance can be easily sipped by readers who don’t want to feel rushed. It is not an action packed adventure for the masses, yet there are enough twists and turns to keep most readers turning the pages. Definitely not a book for all readers, but if you are willing to try your hand at something different … this will be a good choice.
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