The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn is one of those books that I was hesitant to pick up as it had so much hype around it, normally books like this don’t live up to the hype and in my opinion end up falling flat.
I am going to be completely honest, at first I thought this book was going to fall into the above category of over hyped books. This was mainly because I spent the first 100 pages completely & utterly confused. It felt like it was missing the first 5 chapters that build the story and gives you a sense of “awareness” within the plot, instead in The Wrath & The Dawn we jump straight into the thick of the story with only a vague prologue to work from, add that to the introduction of so many characters all at once with multiple narratives I struggled to differentiate between the characters.
But I kept going and with the help of the Glossary and good old fashioned pen and paper I managed to get a hang of the characters and slowly the story started to pull itself together and pull me into a captivating and unique story that once I was hooked I couldn’t let go.
The main character Shahrzad or “Shazi” was phenomenal I loved her sharp tongue and quick wit. She is defiantly the type of strong and powerful female lead I like in a story like this.
Her interactions with her chambermaid Despina where fantastic, just like Shahrzad I questioned her intentions at many points in this story but ended up falling for her character. Despina had a brilliant quote on page 42:
Shahrzad smiled at this in spite of herself “your arrogant”
“As are you, my lady Shahrzad. But I do not see this as a shortcoming. For without a measure of arrogance, how can one attempt the impossible.” The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The explanation from Khalid about the deaths of his previous wives was not what I was expecting, I thought he had made some kind of deal with the “devil” if you will or it was some form of curse his father had put onto him before his death. I was not expecting the heart-breaking story of Ava, this scene followed by the scene with truth behind Shahrzad’s sacrifice was beautifully written, full of emotion and left me on the edge of my seat.
The ending was well done and beautifully written but as the story played out the ending became a little obvious, I predicted what would happen a few pages before the end which was a little disappointing but that is not going to stop me from continuing with this series. These characters, this world and the unique story have me hooked and I want more.
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I would have loved to give this book a 5 star rating, had the story not been so confusing at the beginning I have no doubt I would have given it 5 stars.
Miss Quinny Rating (4 / 5)
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