This review contains spoilers for The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
“My soul sees its equal in you.” – Khalid (Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn)
I had heard many things – mostly good – about The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, so when I stumbled upon it at the Book Outlet, I knew it was finally time to pick it up and give it a read. And honestly, I loved it. For those of you who have read my other reviews/book discussions, you know that I am not a fan of YA Fiction where the romance overshadows the plot. In this case, however, the romance was the plot, and I found the entire thing very endearing. The Wrath and the Dawn does not try to be anything other than what it is, a romance peppered with secrets and betrayal, and for that reason, it is exceptional.
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.