The Wrath & the Dawn
In this reimagining of Arabian Nights, the murderous king Khalid takes a new wife each night and by morning his bride is always dead. When Shahrzad’s best friend is murdered, she seeks revenge and volunteers to marry the King. Shazi survives the night by telling Khalid a story. Overtime they find themselves falling in love despite the King’s murderous secrets.
The Wrath & the Dawn Review
Wow, did I wrongly judge a book by it’s cover! I expected The Wrath & the Dawn to read like a book from your high school reading list – it did not.
This was a solid YA enemies to lovers with a sharp-tongued FMC and a broody MMC that falls hard (but doesn’t want to tell her). Shazi was a great main character with lots of witty lines, and a bit of a badass with her archery skills + need for revenge. I typically don’t enjoy YA as much because the characters feel really young, but at only 16, Shazi seemed a lot older which I appreciated. Khalid was very guarded, and like Shazi, I wanted to get to know him more. We started to learn a little more about him towards the end and really see his protective side. He definitely read like an 18 year old king struggling to find his way – but I was into it. I’m excited to read the novellas to see more from his perspective!
The romance was sweet, a bit steamy, but essentially closed door. Expect some kissing and tense moments, but this one’s not delivering any spice.
Out of the 3 main plotlines, Shazi and Khalid was my favorite. Following Shazi’s attempt for revenge, and then finding out why Khalid had been sacrificing his brides definitely kept me reading. I love a good revenge trope, especially when it falls apart because of love. Tariq and Shazi’s father both mean well, but I found myself frustrated with them wanting to save her. Like guys, she’s in love – chill.
Overall this was a quick read! Super entertaining with a really great romance. I also really loved the Middle Eastern vibes. I removed half a star because I wasn’t really in to the ending and a few of the other plot lines felt a little lacking. I’m sure they’ll be focused on more in the next book, which I’ve already picked up!
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered. “If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest. “No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
“Why won’t you touch me?” she whispered. It took him a moment to reply. “Because if I start, I won’t stop.” “Who asked you to stop?” Her fingers traveled to his chest. “What if I can’t give you the answers you want?” Again, she returned to nothing. Yet there, in the warmth of his eyes, was everything. “Then give me this.” Shahrzad stood on her toes and brought her mouth to his.
“It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. To want something so much—to hold it in your arms—and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.”
She wound her fingers into his hair. “There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.”