Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“A true plague of a girl. And yet a queen in every sense of the word.”

I finished this book days ago. How could I not write review? This book really deserves the five stars I rated it. I was never expected it to be so good. No, not even in my craziest dreams. My dreams are dreams in every sense of term, and if something happens in it, that will never happen in the real world even in a million centuries. I remember reading Emily May's review on this book, and I decided from her review that it wasn't my cup of tea. Albeit she had written a positive review, the plot did not sound very intriguing to me. I wasn't very excited when this book was selected as the book of the month, but nevertheless, I read it. However, I must admit that my prejudicial belief was proven wrong because this book is a masterpiece.

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

In the land of Rey rules a young king of 18, Khalid, who is believed to be a monster. Retelling A Thousand and One Nights, the king takes new bride each day only to dispose her by wrapping a silk cord around her neck. Sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride after her dearest friend, Shiva, is murdered by Khalid. Sharzad vows to take revenge and kill Khalid for what he did to her friend, and the other brides who were killed. Her plans slowly begins to fail when the number of days of her life were extended, and she begins to fall in love with him. Soon, things get harder. The plot is indeed fascinating, and enough to break a barrier in my loveless heart.

“My soul sees its equal in you.”

Apparently, as I dug deeper, Khalid is not a very open king or husband. He has his own secrets. As I began to drown in the wonderfully weaved words and writing style, I noticed that in spite of being a person who always says no to romance, I was actually enjoying this. I began to believe that there is actually such a place and such people. I put myself in Sharzad and Khalid's place, and it was a marvellous experience. I loved almost everything in this book - yes, even the romance. The characters were well oriented, and the plot, very well developed. The writing style and choice of words were amazingly good. Falling in love with this book is inevitable.

“Then never speak of sending me away again. I am not yours to do with as you will.”

How do I start with the characters. As I mentioned before, these characters are well oriented. They were well developed, and The Wrath and the Dawn certainly said no to Mary Sues and Gary Stus. Let me start with our protagonist, Sharzad. Sharzard is a strong female; she isn't Tris; she isn't Katniss; she isn't Hermione; she is Sharzad - and not an impeccable female character like America Singer. She has her own weaknesses and is indecisive at times. I must admit, she is one person who made me bite my lip so hard that I can't criticize her. Oh, and did I mention her tongue in cheek attributes? I honestly like this protagonist.

“I told you; don’t try to own me.”

Khalid is yet another of my favourite characters. I think he is even more well written that Sharzad. Whether you judge him as a real person, or a fictional character, you will always find him the same: mysterious, complex, ambiguous, not particularly amiable by all. I wouldn't be surprised if I found someone who despises him, but he shares multiple attributes with me. I love how complex his character is, and how he plays his role well. I love his mysterious mature and ambiguity. He is indeed an intriguing character, and I still haven't figured out whether he is a good person or bad person. That shows how ambiguous he is.

Aside from these two, there are some other sidekicks who are pretty much as interesting as Khalid and Sharzad. Despina, Jelal, and Tariq do a good job in the holding the pillars of the story while Sharzad and Khalid play their game.

“The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”

Lastly, I'd like to conclude by saying that this is a very compelling book. The only thing I did not like is the cliffhanger, and which bookworm likes cliffhangers? I impatiently eagerly await the second book. I highly recommend it.

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