The wrath & the dawn [electronic resource] / Renée Ahdieh.
- ISBN: 9780698185890 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
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.
|Target Audience Note:||
Text Difficulty 4
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
5.3 ATOS Level
Electronic reproduction. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3652 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 April #2
*Starred Review* A mad king takes a new bride every night, only to kill her at dawn. A resourceful girl volunteers to be his wife and, by spinning part of a tantalizing story each evening, stays alive. It's an old story, but there is nothing tired about this adaption. Here, Shahrzad is rash and headstrong, marrying the caliph, Khalid, with the intent to avenge the death of her best friend, one of his earlier wives. But Khalid may not be the manâor monsterâhe appears, and soon the stories Shahrzad tells take a far backseat to the one she is living. Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city. It's not a completely faultless debutâthe prose very occasionally turns purple, but that's a minor offense; the characters are redeemingly nuanced and well crafted. Even more impressive, Ahdieh is in complete control of her plot, tightly spooling out threads of the richly layered story just as surely as Shahrzad herself. The result is that the reader can't help but be absorbed by the time the crescendoing conclusion comeâand in true Arabian Nights fashion, it's a cliff-hanger. Like the caliph, we will just have to wait for the rest. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. The Wrath and the Dawn is her debut.
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