Audiobook Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Posted March 16, 2016 by Bethany in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) Audiobook Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdiehby Renee Ahdieh
on May 12th 2015
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three-stars
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 416

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
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.

Review

There were many things I enjoyed about this book and some things I did not. I really loved the Middle Eastern setting. The author did a good job of transporting readers to another place and culture.  The deserts, the palace, the clothing, jewels, food, were all very well described. Those aspects made this fantasy story stand apart.

I also liked the fact there is a little bit of a magical element to the story. There is even an element of fairytale retellings which made the book a little more fantastical. A flying carpet may be involved. 😉 The romance wasn’t my favorite ever told, but it was okay. I didn’t fully feel the connection between the main characters. It just seemed somewhat forced to me and disconnecting.

My main issue with this book was the audio narration itself. The narrator just wasn’t very good, and her voice did not fit with the storyline. She had no range whatsoever to voice the male characters. All of the characters basically had the same tone so it was difficult to distinguish who was speaking when. I believe if the audiobook had a different narrator or if I’d read The Wrath and the Dawn as an ebook it may have received a higher rating. However, as it stands, 3 stars is all I feel comfortable assigning the novel.

P.S. This book ends on a cliffhanger. The sequel (The Rose and the Dagger) is scheduled to release April 26, 2016.

About Renee Ahdieh

Thanks so much for checking out my site! I had a hard time writing a serious bio in the third person, so here’s a little blurb about me, followed by some more nonsense meant to take up room and trick you into believing I’m important:
I live in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with my husband Victor and our dog Mushu. My YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, is available wherever books are sold. In my spare time, I like to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of my characters.
I’m also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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