*Has Zayn Malik’s new single ‘pillowtalk’ playing in the background* and its somehow fitting for this novel.
‘The Wrath And The Dawn’ by Renee Aldieh is the second book I’ve read this year so far (I know I’m slacking big time) but it has become one of my favourites. The book is captivating from the very beginning, Aldieh has the grip of your mind and heart right from the first chapter. In many cases, you have to read a few chapters get into the story but with TWATD you’re hooked straight away.
The novel is loosely based around ‘Arabian Nights’ and you can see the influence from the Middle-East and South Asia shine through. The story focuses on a young girl called Shahrzad and her plot to seek vengeance on the ‘boy-king’. This king seeks out a wife everyday only to have her killed at dawn the next day. The story begins with Shahrzad’s bestfriend being chosen as his bride and consequently killed. It is a story of loss, guilt, love and betrayal.
Now that you know a little about the book, let me tell you why I fell in love with it. I admired the setting of the novel, the city of Khorsan and the beautiful palace in which the king resides. As you may know from my previous posts, my favourite books are those that follow the lives of royals and royalty. This was perfect. The influence from the Middle-East and South-Asia pervades through the novel, making the reader experience a different world. A brilliant touch to the story.
There is a charm in the way Renee Aldeih writes that is incredibly enticing in the world she creates. You know a book is good when you can’t wait to get home, just so you an curl up and read it. It is honestly brilliant. I admire Shahzrad, her character is brilliant. Mostly, because she seeks vengeance which ages her but her youth still seems to shine through.
The mysterious king of kings is very alluring because the reader knows that he is not all what he seems. As a reader, you follow Shahrzad’s journey to finding the kings darkest secret, and you feel the emotions with her, frustration, horror and love.
The characters are very well rounded, in a sense you get to see all sides to them. There is no black and white, there are a thousand shades in between. Which just makes the characters real, bold and human (kinda relatable).
Right now, I cant think of anything to criticise about the novel. I am definitely in awe of the novel and Renee Aldieh’s writing and can not wait to read the squeal (which is coming out in May).
I gave a the book 5/5 out on goodreads because that’s how good it is. If you have similar book taste to me, then I definitely recommend it (even if you don’t, I still think you should give it a read).
Is Shazi (Shahzad) not goals af? The answer is yes, she is the epitome of goals.
Also here is a link if you want to read a sample of the book 🙂
That is all, happy reading!
Update: The author Renee Aldeih replied to my tweet on Twitter about this review.