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A beautiful retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. The characters are complex and the setting is lush. Reading this made me feel like I was resting on a bed of cushions surrounded by silks and the smell of spices in a bazaar. Like Shahrzad, Renee Ahdieh has the gift of storytelling.
— Jenn, Atlanta
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
About the Author
Renée Ahdieh lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. The Wrath and the Dawn is her debut.