The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh – 5 stars
I can’t even describe the feeling of getting 90% through the Kindle version and realising that the remaining 10% is an excerpt of the next book…which I can’t buy yet. I feel so empty.
In all seriousness though, I freaking love this book. I’ve seen it crop up on a lot of blogs, so yesterday I thought screw it – I’m reading it. I got through it in two sittings.
The Wrath and the Dawn is technically a young adult fantasy novel, but I feel like it doesn’t sit too easily in either of those categories. It’s the story of a cursed boy-king with the blood of all his ex-wives on his hands – and it’s the story of the bride who survives.
The book is set in a sort of stylised Arabic culture, and that’s something I’d actually have liked to see a bit more of; it added a lot to the story, and gave the whole thing a really lovely other-worldly feel.
It’s also one of the most beautifully-written YA books I’ve laid hands on in a really long time. It’s such a tight plot, with well-constructed characters and just the right amount of mystery, romance and action. Ms Ahdieh is a really classy story-teller – the whole book reads like one big, exquisitely narrated aural story, and it’s the perfect style.
I absolutely can’t wait to re-read this closer to the time of the sequel’s release (please don’t disappoint me, Renee!)
If you’ve read this too, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.