on May 12th 2015
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Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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.
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.