Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn

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 ★★★★★

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.”

My reactions while reading this book can be summed with one gif :

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   My appreciation for this book is huge and quite difficult to put into words because I don’t know what to praise first (I mean it, I’ve been writing and deleting for three minutes because I can’t make up my mind!).

There’s absolutely nothing I disliked about this book, it’s a gem of a book. The Wrath and The Dawn has a slow-burn romance, strong heroines, complex heroes, family involvement (even if it’s just to mess up things) and an interesting take on love triangles.

This book is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, the atmosphere in this one is very mysterious and magical. It has prophecies and powerful stories, revenge and learnt lessons, rebellions and love. The main character, Shazi is a very bold heroine, she made me scream a few times ‘learn me your ways, queen!’ I loved her wit, her sarcastic retorts and most of all, her loyalty. It’s a quality I admire in people and in characters alike and Shazi is so loyal to her family and friends that some decisions were very difficult for her to make. And it was very interesting and also a bit painful to watch her struggling between her heart and her mind.

Khalid was a surprise for me, I didn’t think I would love him as much as I do, because it’s hard to love somone who kills his brides, right? Well, yes and no. I’ve fallen utterly in love with him and I can’t wait to read the sequel to see more of this new side of his. I won’t say muhc about him because I feel like you should get into the book not knowing much, it’s better for you to do that, go through the stages of disliking Khalid because Shazi does, starting to fall for his little gestures and then finally being in too deep to go back.

The plot was exceptionally executed, there were so many threads and plot lines going on through this book and I was a bit worried that Ahdieh might not be able to bring to put all of them together. But it was perfect, I feel like the twists happened at the best time possible and everything was amazing (except for Ahdieh trying to kill me with that ending, but fortunately I can start the second book right now, so who wins?).

I adore Despina, I hope people adore her as much as I do and that she’s not a underrated character because she’s perfect!! I feel like she’s such an enigmatic presence and I want to know more about her past and how she met Jalal. Just give me all the juicy details.

Like I’ve mentioned above, I really adored Ahdieh’s take on love triangles so far, it’s a healthy way to present relationships. Not everyone is lucky enough to stay with their first loves, some of us will probably always care for that person, but there will be other relationships out there for us. Maybe people with whom we are more compatible and that’s perfectly alright. I will keep my fingers crossed for Shazi to stick to her decision and not change her mind about it (thus making the triangle – a stereotypical love triangle).

This book is a solid five stars to me and I can’t wait to read the second book, so I can add this duology on my favourites list.

 

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Did you read The Wrath and The Dawn? What did you think about it? (and if it’s on your TBR, what are you waiting for??? Go and read it!)

 

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41 thoughts on “Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn

  1. onespeculiar says:

    i’m glad you loved this book i adored it as well! schazi is one of my favorite heroins too just like you i wanted to learn so much from her!! khalid is my baby his complex character and past gives his storyline so much depth their romance was great too!

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  2. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I’m so happy that you loved him too! If you have noticed he was in a tie with Shazi for Book Couples Challenge on my blog this week. I loved this book so much!!

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  3. Marie says:

    AHHHHHH. To be completely honest here, all I want to do right now is scream because I am so, SO THRILLED that you loved this book so much! ❤ It is one of my favorites. I love Shazi, she's such an amazing main character, I rooted for her from the beginning, and Khalid really is a great character as well. I just love how… vivid everything seems in this book, from the world building to the three dimensional characters. JUST. AMAZING.
    I can't wait for you to read the sequel! Great review! xx

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      MARIEEEE, I love you and your long comments so much! I’m always looking forward to them! ❤ You are the cutest!
      YESSSS, this book is everything and I'm currently reading the sequel and I'm already screaming because there's so much pain and Despina – whyyyy? And just, yayay, I love being miserable because of books.
      Thank you very much! xx

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      • Marie says:

        Oh you’re so welcome, I’m sorry if I’m often rambling hahaa 😛
        RIGHT????? Ahhh I’m so happy you’re already reading the sequel – I can’t wait for you to finish it. It’s such a gorgeous series,I want to re-read it now 😛

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        You’re never rambling!!! 🤗🤗 And even if you were, I’m the queen of rambling.
        I’m dying over here because of the feels, I wonder if I will survive this duology… Well, you could always reread it, Marie 😁😁, you know suffer with me.

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      • Marie says:

        There are too many books ahah, but… a re-read will happen someday, that’s for sure 😛 I just wish I owned the physical copies – these book covers are STUNNING. ❤
        (and we can ramble together ALL THE TIME. I'd be okay with it :p)

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  4. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener says:

    I’m so happy this book is good!! It’s been on my tbr list for a long while now and I just haven’t gotten around to it. I had a friend read it recently and tell me she didn’t care for it, which was such a bummer. I hate when me and my book friends don’t like the same books! But I’m so excited for this—the setting of it sounds so magical and awesome!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Aw, I’m sad your friend didn’t like it, it really is a bummer whenever our friends don’t like the books we adore, but eh… I guess we can’t like the same things all the time. I hope you enjoy reading this one when you get to it, it’s really magical and amazing! ❤

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  5. Ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    Aghhhh this book has been on my tbr since foreverrr (nothing new under the sun I guess my TBR IS EATING ME ALIVE). I started reading it a while back but then exams came and I NEVER GOT TO FINISH IT AGHH. But since you loved it so much I’ll try reading it again.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      REAAAAAAD ITTTT, IOANAAAAA! (I’m not yelling at you, I promise you! Just read it!) I know the feeling, I hate when this happens, I’ve had so many books that had to be put on-hold because I was reading them in the period I was taking my exams. It’s awful.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I’m currently reading the second book and I adore it so much! So many feelings and sadness! ❤ I've heard mixed things about Flame in the Mist, but I'm glad you liked it! Will have to check it out afterwards.

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  6. Caila says:

    I’m so glade that you loved this book as well, it’s one of my favorite books of all time. I just fell in love with Renee Ahdieh’s writing style because it’s so poetic and beautiful. I’m hoping to read Flame in the Mist sometime soon.

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