The Wrath and the Dawn Honest Book Review

Be still my heart – The Wrath and The Dawn: Book Review

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. – Description from Amazon – 

An interesting take on a classic tale. 

This is one of those rare books that did not become a four star book until the end. I absolutely enjoyed it all the way through, but it was a solid middle of the road read until the end – at which point I practically shouted:


The writing style does take some getting used to but our leading lady is so incredibly cool that I wish she was my friend, our dear Khalid is so intriguing a character and develops so perfectly my heart feels all squishy just thinking about it. Hell, I even loved all the side characters.

It is a convincing world that author Aldieh crafted for us, I felt like I was in the very room with these characters and she has a gift for writing in a style that is a bit more classic in approach but still manages to be approachable to the modern audience.

Go hang out in the palace with Khalid and Shahrzad, hear their stories, meet their friends and foes and families, click the cover to get started. 


Out of 10

Good Things

  • Great premise
  • Beautiful world building
  • Fantastic characters
  • An ending that will leave you begging for more.

Bad Things

  • slower pace
  • a writing style that takes a few pages to adjust to
  • While enjoyable, it does not totally grab you until the end

The Breakdown

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