The Wrath and the Dawn is Renee Ahdieh‘s first series, and what a series it is. It takes us on Shahrzad’s journey as she volunteers to be the wife of a caliph (or king) who’s known for murdering his wives the morning after their wedding.
It is exactly what it sounds like–a dangerous, foolish decision. And then we learn that Shahrzad has sacrificed herself for revenge.
“Love is a force unto itself. For love, people consider the unthinkable and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power.”
Renee writes of a fictional world that is colorful, sometimes warm and sometimes ice cold. Her storytelling is colorful as well, pushing and pulling at your emotions from the moment you meet Shahrzad and learn of her motivations and secrets. Things only get more riveting when her original plan begins to unravel in the face of something she never expected.
Love is at the center of it all. The complex, devastating and wonderful thing that love is.
Combined with its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger, the characters in The Wrath and the Dawn have so much depth that you may never be able to figure them out. And that’s one of the best parts of it all.
It is going to tug at your heartstrings. If you’re a hopeless romantic, it is going to come close to decimating your soul. If you’re an author or an aspiring one, it is going to remind you of the magic behind inviting others into that little world inside your head.
“Give me a meaningful love or a beautiful death!”
I dare you not to fall madly in love with Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn series.