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Praise for "The Wrath and the Dawn"

"Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Don't be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did."--Marie Lu, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Legend series and "The Young Elites"

"In her absorbing debut, RenEe Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written."--Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

"Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, "The Wrath and the Dawn "is a story I could not put down."--Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner's Trilogy

Praise for "The Wrath and the Dawn"

"Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city."--"Booklist, "starred review

"The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author's adept world building... a surefire hit with teens."--"School Library Journal, "starred review

"Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Don't be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did."--Marie Lu, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Legend series and "The Young Elites"

"In her absorbing debut, RenEe Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written."--Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

"Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, "The Wrath and the Dawn "is a story I could not put down."--Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner's Trilogy

Praise for "The Wrath and the Dawn"

"This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and ... promises to become a classic tale of its own."--"VOYA"

"Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city."--"Booklist, "starred review

"The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author's adept world building... a surefire hit with teens."--"School Library Journal, "starred review

"Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Don't be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did."--Marie Lu, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Legend series and "The Young Elites"

"In her absorbing debut, RenEe Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written."--Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

"Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, "The Wrath and the Dawn "is a story I could not put down."--Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner's Trilogy

Praise for "The Wrath and the Dawn"

"Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it's a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."--"Publishers Weekly "

"This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and ... promises to become a classic tale of its own."--"VOYA"

"Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city."--"Booklist, "starred review

"The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author's adept world building... a surefire hit with teens."--"School Library Journal, "starred review

"Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Don't be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did."--Marie Lu, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Legend series and "The Young Elites"

"In her absorbing debut, RenEe Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written."--Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

"Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, "The Wrath and the Dawn "is a story I could not put down."--Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner's Trilogy

Praise for "The Wrath and the Dawn"
Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance. "Publishers Weekly "

This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and promises to become a classic tale of its own. "VOYA"

Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city. "Booklist, "starred review

The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author s adept world building a surefire hit with teens. "School Library Journal, "starred review

Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling. "Kirkus Reviews"

Don t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did. Marie Lu, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Legend series and "The Young Elites"

In her absorbing debut, Renee Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written. Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, "The Wrath and the Dawn"is a story I could not put down. Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner s Trilogy"

Praise for "The Wrath and the Dawn"
"Renee Ahdieh's lush debut novel, "The Wrath and the Dawn," is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of "The Arabian Nights," with an edge. "Shelf Awareness, "starred review

Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance. "Publishers Weekly "

This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and promises to become a classic tale of its own. "VOYA"

Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city. "Booklist, "starred review

The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author s adept world building a surefire hit with teens. "School Library Journal, "starred review

Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling. "Kirkus Reviews"

Don t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did. Marie Lu, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Legend series and "The Young Elites"

In her absorbing debut, Renee Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written. Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, "The Wrath and the Dawn"is a story I could not put down. Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner s Trilogy"

Praise for "The Wrath and the Dawn"
#4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List
An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 Young Adult
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015
A "Seventeen Magazine "Best Book of 2015
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
"Renee Ahdieh's lush debut novel, "The Wrath and the Dawn," is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of "The Arabian Nights," with an edge. "Shelf Awareness, "starred review

Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance. "Publishers Weekly "

This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and promises to become a classic tale of its own. "VOYA"

Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city. "Booklist, "starred review

The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author s adept world building a surefire hit with teens. "School Library Journal, "starred review

Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling. "Kirkus Reviews"

Sumptuous detail satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension. "BCCB"

Don t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did. Marie Lu, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Legend series and "The Young Elites"

In her absorbing debut, Renee Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written. Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, "The Wrath and the Dawn"is a story I could not put down. Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner s Trilogy"

Praise for "The Wrath and the Dawn"
#1 "New York Times "Bestseller
#4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List
An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 Young Adult
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015
A "Seventeen Magazine "Best Book of 2015
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
"Renee Ahdieh's lush debut novel, "The Wrath and the Dawn," is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of "The Arabian Nights," with an edge. "Shelf Awareness, "starred review

Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance. "Publishers Weekly "

This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and promises to become a classic tale of its own. "VOYA"

Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city. "Booklist, "starred review

The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author s adept world building a surefire hit with teens. "School Library Journal, "starred review

Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling. "Kirkus Reviews"

Sumptuous detail satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension. "BCCB"

Don t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did. Marie Lu, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Legend series and "The Young Elites"

In her absorbing debut, Renee Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written. Carrie Ryan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, "The Wrath and the Dawn"is a story I could not put down. Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner s Trilogy"

Praise forThe Wrath and the Dawn:
#1New York TimesBestseller
#4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 Young Adult
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015
ASeventeen MagazineBest Book of 2015
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it sa potent page-turner of intrigue and romance. Publishers Weekly

This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and promises to becomea classic taleof its own. VOYA

Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this isa carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magicin a harsh desert city. Booklist, starred review
The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author s adept world building a surefire hit with teens. School Library Journal, starred review
Renee Ahdieh'slush debutnovel, The Wrath and the Dawn, isa suspenseful and beautiful reimaginingofThe Arabian Nights, with an edge. Shelf Awareness, starred review
Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling. Kirkus Reviews

Sumptuous detail satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension. BCCB

Don t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This isan intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did. Marie Lu, New York Timesbestselling author of the Legend series andThe Young Elites

In her absorbing debut, Renee Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension.The Wrath and the Dawnis trulyan exceptional story, beautifully written. Carrie Ryan, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Forest of Hands and Teeth

Ahdieh weaves a world that islush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling.A beautifully written book, The Wrath and the Dawnisa story I could not put down. Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner s Trilogy

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Praise for The Wrath and the Dawn:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 - Young Adult
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015
A Seventeen Magazine Best Book of 2015
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
"Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it's a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."--Publishers Weekly

"This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and ... promises to become a classic tale of its own."--VOYA

★ "Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city."--Booklist, starred review
★ "The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author's adept world building... a surefire hit with teens."--School Library Journal, starred review
★ "Renee Ahdieh's lush debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of The Arabian Nights, with an edge."--Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling."--Kirkus Reviews

"Sumptuous detail ... satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension."--BCCB

"Don't be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did."--Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and The Young Elites

"In her absorbing debut, Renee Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written."--Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

"Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, The Wrath and the Dawn is a story I could not put down."--Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner's Trilogy

Book Description

#1 New York Times Bestseller

A sumptuous, epic love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0147513855
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (29 Dec. 2016)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MQKMN1R
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The Wrath and the Dawn was VERY disappointing for me. I really love a good retelling of 1001 Nights, unfortunately this didn’t qualify. Though the writing itself is good and the descriptions are immaculate, the characters and plot left a lot to be desired.

Dislikes:

I’m really burned out on the “Female assassin goes to kill target, misses prime opportunities, and falls in love with target. She finds out he’s not evil just “misunderstood” or a victim” song and dance. And of course it usually involves her getting a cushy lifestyle while doing all of this.

Khalid needs to kill 100 girls. We find out later that he’s “close” to that number. So let’s just put that number at 90. This man has killed NINETY girls. The recent being Shazi’s best friend. And after THREE days she’s already getting fluttery feelings and so on for him? The romance aspect of this was absurd on so many levels.

Shazi sends her family into hiding, assumingly because she plans on killing Khalid and not getting away blameless, maybe even plans to sacrifice her life towards this cause. First off, why the fuzzy pickles would the General or the Captain not be assessing these women? Shazi VOLUNTEERS to be married to a guy who’s close to his 100 goal kill count. How did that conversation go in this supposedly super strict security place?

“Oh hey, Khalid. So we have some woman who wants to be number 91. I’m sure it’s not at all suspicious that someone’s volunteering.”

“You’re right, General. I say we do not check into her history and find out who her family and friends are.”

“Sounds like a plan, Khalid.
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🌺 Ahdieh's writing is beautiful. It's rich and descriptive without becoming overdone or florid.

👑 Shahrzad is a completely awesome, leading lady. She's determined and smart. My only issue was that she felt a little older than she's meant to be? Maybe if she was just a year or two older it would fell like a better fit?

🌏 I found the secondary storyline, with Tariq, Rahim etc. to be far, far duller than Shahrzad's -- I felt myself drifting whenever we went back to them. On the other hand, I loved all the secondary characters and plotlines going on in Shahrzad and Khalid's world at the palace. I also loved the stories Shahrzad tells to Khalid at night. They really helped to give the world/culture a lot of depth and fitted in with the rest of the story perfectly.

❤️ The story contains the usual YA love triangle, which I'm not a huge fan of anyway. Shahrzad's choice are childhood sweetheart Tariq, who's dull, possessive and bossy, or Khalid, who kills his wives. I didn't like Khalid at first but he grew on me -- Tariq didn't. Khalid is definitely a problematic fave though.

🔪 To be a bit nit-picky about the plot, I could have done with a bit more conflict, and a bit more contrast between good and bad. Shahrzad gets over her hatred of Khalid awfully quickly and bonds with the rest of the characters so it feels like there's not much propelling her forward.

⚡️ At the bit finally, I couldn't stop seeing Jahandar as this guy, so I'm hoping that going to create some real conflict in the next book.
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This has got to be one of the biggest books of the year in terms of debuts and overall.

A retelling of Arabian Nights where Shahrzad tells her husband tales to keep herself alive, Ahdieh unknowingly wrote the book that I had been waiting most of my short life for. I was blown away by such a wonderful retelling, hell I even bought a copy of Arabian Nights so I could read the stories she told in more detail. However what made the book stand out even more, was the fact the book drove away my writers block.

The Wrath and The Dawn follows the tale of Shahrzad, a sixteen year old girl who sacrifices herself to marry Khalid (a prince). The stitch however is that Khalid's brides always seem to die at sunrise which leads to a rumour that he is a cruel man etc. Shahrzad though goes into the union with intentions to kill Khalid as he killed her friend. It's one of those moments where the reader can be found on the tips of their toes wondering whether she'll succeed or not.

Nonetheless something does happen. I'm not specifying what because it's a big spoiler. But throughout the book, the reader is left gasping and hooked. Honestly. You will devour this book. It's chemically brilliant. I just couldn't put it down and when I did, I ended up buying it so I could continue to paw through this wonderful book.

Therefore I will end the review at this.
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By Bex TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2017
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This book has left me feeling all kinds of conflicted. It is a story rich in world building, but full of frustrating ideas. The characters are beautifully fleshed out, but make completely stupid, largely unrealistic, choices. The plot is swift, and the ending left me wanting more, but the dialogue was sometimes so robotic or overly romantic that I wanted to skip through.

The premise is interesting. Khalid is a young King with a terrible reputation. Every day he takes a girl from the city of Rey, makes her his wife, and every dawn he kills her. No-one knows why he is such a cold blooded killer, or for how long this will continue, but after Khalid takes Shiva from the village as his next victim, her best friend Shahrzad promises to do whatever it takes to seek revenge on the King. And so she volunteers to be his next Queen such that she might find his weakness and slaughter him herself.

I really like the idea of a retelling of a well known story like this, and initially I was so sucked in by the beautiful world building, lovely clothing and the evil murders taking place that I couldn't wait to keep reading. I was so excited by the prospect of a bitter, crafty girl out for vengeance - I couldn't wait to see how she managed to get into the palace. We this was never shown. And there were so many further holes in this story that I swiftly became frustrated. For example, why would nobody guarding the King, or the very King himself, not find suspicious that a random girl volunteers to die? This just wasn't believable. How did she even get in? Equally, Shahrzad extends her death sentence by telling wonderful stories to the King - but would a man so intent on meeting his killing quota really be that enamoured by silly tales?
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