The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (Book Review)


Publisher: Putnam
Page Count
: 404

I read this book together with the wonderful and amazing Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books. We’ve read a couple of books together by now, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that we once again had a fantastic time buddy reading and as always, I was super glad to have someone to share my thoughts with. Don’t forget to check back on her blog within the next couple of weeks to see her review!

The Wrath and the Dawn was an absolutely magical tale. Inspired by A Thousand and One Night, I was bound to like it from the beginning, because those used to be some of my favourite tales as a child. Shahrzad was a commanding presence from the get-go, determined to avenge her friend. I understood her motivation right away, even though her techniques were a little unorthodox, but I had a much more difficult time understanding Khalid. I was never able to hate him. From the first moment he appeared, I saw him as a broken boy, smelling of sun and sandalwood. In my mind he was a good person with warm eyes, but that’s just not how he is described. It’s mysterious how my brain can conjure up something that’s not really there. Either way, I am glad that there was sort of a valid explanation in the end.

But Shazi and Khalid weren’t the only characters I liked, the side characters were just as great! The only thing that bothered me a little was that I felt like I was missing a backstory on some of them (*cough* Despina and Jalal *cough*). Some decisions just felt rushed, but as if they were really important for what’s to come. I hear there are various novellas for the duology, but even though I think that novellas should enhance a story, they shouldn’t hold necessary information on key characters. In my opinion, that is supposed to be in the actual novel itself.

The Wrath and the Dawn was really fast paced and a lovely tale. It got more intense with every chapter, your heart getting torn in all different kind of directions. It truly did end on a cruel cliffhanger, so I am glad I waited with reading the book until I had the second one at home as well. And that is what I am going to do now – go on and read The Rose and the Dagger, because I definitely can’t get enough of that story!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! A beautifully written and magical tale with characters that you can’t help but love!


Have you read The Wrath and the Dawn? Did you enjoy it?