The Wrath and the Dawn | 2.5 Star Review
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
The Wrath and the Dawn was a book that was ridiculously hyped in the book community so my expectations going in were super high, and it was the last book on my August TBR. I have to say this book really disappointed me, I was hoping that it would go in a different way than it ended up going. I only have one word to describe this book and believe me it’s going to be repeated a lot as this review goes on and the word is TROPE. Even the characters fell into a pit of being predictable and tropey, I just couldn’t believe it. The fact there was so much potential at the beginning is also what made this book even worse. The beginning was fantastic and then it all went to pot.
The biggest downfall for this book? The romance element, it was underdeveloped, unbelievable and completely and utterly ridiculous. There was nothing within the story for these two people to fall in love, nothing, no dating, no actual conversations, nothing in common apart from proximity, and last but not least a supposed deep burning hatred for each other. I had so much hope for The Wrath and the Dawn, and I was once again let down by a poor romance and character writing.
Talking about the good moments in this book, I think the sense of mythology that was touched on briefly and the amount of culture that was created in The Wrath and the Dawn. I only wished that this had been the focus of the story and not the ridiculous romance element. I loved the idea of the magic carpet and everything about the stories, it was really well written and I could see the intrigue that was created within the characters! So it wasn’t that this book was all bad but rather the fact it was focused on the wrong part of the story and plot.
I also think I need to mention about how little explanation there actually was about everything and why stuff happened. Plus everything that actually got an explanation was taken on face value with no question and no thought at all to the bigger picture. It was something I really struggled with all the way through this story!
I really didn’t enjoy this book enough to pick up the sequel and I think it will be going in my donate pile, and for that
Have you read The Wrath and the Dawn? Have I completely missed the point of the story? Let me know in the comments!