Goodreads: One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
This was so good, I read it in one sitting.
I really loved the writing style and how the story went back and forth between Shahrzad, Shahrzad’s father, and her former lover Tariq because it lets you know everything that was happening and built up so much suspense, especially towards the end. I found Tariq’s chapters to be boring at times, but they were short and ended quickly (kind of like how I want his life to go tbh).
Shahrzad isn’t your typical YA character. She is unique and sassy, and such a breath of fresh air. Khalid is full of mystery. Even though you know he’s killed all these girls, you can’t help but start to like him. It makes you feel so guilty! I didn’t like Tariq, and I’m not looking forward to seeing more of him in book two. I absolutely adored Khalid’s cousin Jalal, and Shahrzad’s lady servant Despina was pretty funny.
Since this takes place in another country, I would have liked to know more about that world, that was one thing that bothered me about the book. The names and language were a bit difficult for me at first. Since I read this on Kindle, I didn’t know there was a little glossary in the back until I was finished. At one point, I had no idea how to pronounce Shahrzad’s name so I was calling her Charizard (Pokemon for those who don’t know)… Ha. 😛
The way this ended has me feeling all these emotions. I’m glad I waited so long to read this because the second book comes out next week. The one thing I really want in the second book is more magic.