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The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 12, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—A reimagined tale based on One Thousand and One Nights and The Arabian Nights. In this version, the brave Shahrzad volunteers to marry the Caliph of Khorasan after her best friend is chosen as one of his virgin brides and is summarily murdered the next morning. She uses her storytelling skills, along with well-placed cliff-hangers, to keep herself alive while trying to discover a way to exact revenge on the Caliph. However, the longer she stays in the palace, the more she realizes there's more going on than just a murderous prince. While her feelings for the Caliph grow and change, the first love she left behind is busy plotting to overthrow the entire palace. When the various plotlines come together in a final conflict, the story is brought to a satisfying, if unexpected, ending. A quick moving plot and sassy, believable dialogue make this a compelling and enjoyable mystery, with just the right amount of romance and magic. The main characters are well drawn and surprisingly likable, while secondary characters also develop in endearing ways. The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author's adept worldbuilding. Intimacy is dealt with in a straightforward way, without graphic details, and a subtle message of strength is portrayed through the brave independence of the protagonist. VERDICT This well-written mystery will be a surefire hit with teens.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT
Praise for The Wrath and the Dawn:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 – Young Adult
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015
A Seventeen Magazine Best Book of 2015
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
“Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it’s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”—Publishers Weekly
“This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and … promises to become a classic tale of its own.”—VOYA
★ “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.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author’s adept world building… a surefire hit with teens.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Renée Ahdieh's lush debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of The Arabian Nights, with an edge.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Sumptuous detail … satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension.”—BCCB
“Don’t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did.”—Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and The Young Elites
“In her absorbing debut, Renée Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written.”—Carrie Ryan,New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth
“Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, The Wrath and the Dawn is a story I could not put down.”—Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner’s Trilogy
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There's no doubt that Ahdieh is very, very talented. The writing is beautiful, exceptional. The author creates these wonderful scenes and imagery that makes you feel like you yourself are there by Shahrzad's side. I could taste the food, smell the marketplace, see the dazzling beauty within the palace. Every word Ahdieh writes is like a gem. She uses metaphors, allegories, and other tools of writing to show you what's going on instead of just telling you outright. The bad side of writing like this is sometimes scenes get confusing and you don't really know who's doing what, or what's really going on, but that's all here and there. The writing, I think, is the only thing that saved this book. Ahdieh is a beautiful writer, and can weave words together in a way most writers cannot even dream of doing...though I do not think she is a splendid storyteller, and there is a huge difference between the two. Let me explain.
As far as Khalid, he's on par with Christian Grey in the fact that he's supposed to be smoking hot but is about as attractive on the inside as a molding onion. For the first 3/4 of the book, his bland personality simply bored me, but by the last fourth I was screaming at him every time I turned a page. He seriously reminds me of a guy I used to know, who complained constantly about how horrible his life was and acted like he got the worst hand life dealt to anyone, just to make himself seem deep and interesting. It doesn't help that everything bad that happens in the book, the curse, all the girls dying, is still ESSENTIALLY HIS FAULT. Every single person that dies or gets hurt is a result of Khalid's selfish nature and self loathing, and he doesn't even care enough to even attempt to make himself likable in any sort of way, just goes around the palace with a woe-is-me attitude even though everyone else is suffering way more because of his actions. I don't get what the big craze is these days about "tortured, haunted" leading males in fiction who hurt women because they're "damaged." For me, it's really unattractive to see a guy waltzing around hurting people because somebody did him wrong in the past, and a woman chasing after him trying to tame the monster. Shazi's relationship with Khalid is on par with Stockholm syndrome and/or an abusive relationship. He literally almost chokes her to death, and she's still palling around with him.
Shahrzad isn't much better. The most we know about her is that she can shoot a bow, she's angry all the time, and that she's trying to kill the guy who murdered her best friend, which she epically fails at for no reason because...I don't know...he's hot? I have no idea why Khalid and Shazi fell in insta-love, because I have no idea who they are as people in the first place. If you took them out of their terrible situation and put them in a normal life, they'd be complete strangers to you because there's nothing about them that makes them unique or different. For as beautiful as the descriptions are and the writing is, the characters are a blank canvas, only painted with a few strokes. There are so, SO many romantic and beautifully detailed scenes that would've stolen my breath away IF I could stop wishing the people I was reading about would just die already, and that's what really makes me upset. This book could've been a masterpiece, but the execution fell flat at the characterization. She did everything else right, but sadly, this crucial point causes the book to fail.
It doesn't help that at every turn, there's a new character to memorize, and a new name to learn. For as short as this book is, there are way too many characters. I know I've made this mistake in my own writing, but I expect better from a book published by Putnam (though I really shouldn't...the Cahill Sisters Chronicles, also published by Putnam, also had an array of 20+ characters for 3 short books).
It just makes me so mad things turned out this way. I was looking forward to this book for a long time, and it was such a big let down. The world, the writing, everything was so beautiful. But when you've got these distasteful, bland characters running around in this beautiful world, I really don't care to keep reading. Gonna think long and hard if I want to chance it with the sequel.
The book has solid writing, and a lovely amount of detail that evokes a sense of medieval Arabic life and culture. What it lacks are characters that fit into that world. Sharzad comes across as more whiny than heroic, and her bizarre interactions with her handmaiden don't help. Khalid as a tortured romantic soul who -gosh darn it!-doesn't want to be a mass killer of young woman, didn't cut it for me. Sharzad's other heart throb, Tariq, who dashes around on an Arabian horse with a killer falcon, had more potential, but his character simply walked away from a major conflict at the end, leaving me confused. In fact, the second half of the book, between the unlikely actions of the characters and the improbable plot twists, left me bewildered. To make matters worse, the novel is actually book one of a trilogy, not a fun thing to discover as you turn the last few pages.
Despite the fantastic background and setting, I'll be giving the rest of the series a pass. There's no explicit sex (in fact, I think some well-written sensual scenes might have added to this book) and a standard amount of sword slashing and violence.
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