For a book with a time of day in the title, I chose to read The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh. This is prompt #8 on the 2018 Reading Challenge list and one of 31 challenge books I’ve already finished.
This young adult romantic fantasy is inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. I don’t know that collection as well as I’d like to, but I think most of us are familiar with at least parts of it – particularly the story of Aladdin.
In this story, the young caliph marries a new bride each night only to have her killed at dawn. Shahrzad vows to avenge the death of her best friend who was taken by the caliph. She volunteers to be his next bride and initiates her plan of revenge. If she can stay alive long enough to carry it out.
Despite the obstacles placed in their way, the romance in this story feels genuine. Shahrzad’s own personal conflicts only add to and deepen the suspense of the overall story. I was drawn in immediately to this story by the beautiful setting and well written characters. I didn’t want to put the book down. I was intrigued by the story and needed to know how it would come out in the end.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance and a good adventure. It is well done on both counts. As soon as I finished reading I made arrangements to acquire the sequel.