Quick Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn

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? (Goodreads)


Overall Rating:






From the very beginning I couldn’t put this down!





Loved the characters! Shazi and Khalid..UGH! Love. Also I really enjoyed Jalal and Despina. Notable mention goes to Jahandar who I thought had really interesting character development.





Great story! Unique and beautifully written!





A little bit insta-lovey for my taste. I’m so hard to please when it comes to relationships, but in terms of hurried declarations of love this one bothered me very little and I really loved the main relationship along with the others. THere was a diverse mix of relationships (friendships, unrequited love, will they/won’t they, parent/child) that I felt really added a lot to this book.



I know I’m way behind the times with reading this book, but what did you guys think? Were you as mesmerized by Shazi and Khalid as I was??



  1. I absolutely adored this book. I was surprised at how insta-lovey it was but the connection between Shazi and Khalid was so tantalizing that I couldn’t help but root for them. Tariq pissed me off in the book though, especially with his sense of entitlement to Shazi.

    • BookLoversAlliance Says: November 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Oh my gosh I know!! Tariq drove me crazy. She’s not yours just because you were together at one time, Tariq! (insert eye roll haha). I just picked up The Rose and the Dagger and I’m excited to see how everything turns out. You’re right, there is just something about Shazi and Khalid’s connection that makes me overlook the instalove. It has that “it” factor and I need more haha!

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