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The Wrath and the Dawn: The Wrath and the…

The Wrath and the Dawn: The Wrath and the Dawn Book 1 (edition 2017)

by Renée Ahdieh (Author)

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In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.
Title:The Wrath and the Dawn: The Wrath and the Dawn Book 1
Authors:Renée Ahdieh (Author)
Info:Hodder Paperbacks (2017), Edition: 01, 416 pages
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The Caliph of Khalid marries a new girl everyday and has her killed each morning. Shahrzad volunteers to be a bride, with her own plan to kill the king in revenge for her cousin's death. Neither one of them expects the other. What is different about Shazi is the key to possible change, but secrets, fear, and other's desire for revenge will hamper the love that could grow between them.

What a great retelling. I enjoyed this, but it is a series starter, and hasn't completely ended, at all. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
Tja, so ist das mit dem Hype - er hebt die Erwartungen ins Unermessliche und die Enttäuschung ist dann oft umso größer. So erging es bei mir bei Zorn und Morgenröte von Renée Adhdieh.

Erzählt wird von Shahrzad, die sich freiwillig als Braut für den Kalifen Chalid meldet - wohlwissend, dass sie bei Sonnenaufgang hingerichtet wird. Ihr Plan ist allerdings zu überleben, damit sie den Kalifen umbringen kann - als Rache für den Mord an ihrer besten Freundin.

Ich war sehr gespannt, wie Renée Adhdieh das bekannte Märchen erzählen wird. Ihr Schreibstil gefiel mir auch gleich und schnell durchgelesen habe ich das Buch allemal. Allerdings nicht, weil ich es so umwerfend fand, dass ich es nicht aus der Hand legen konnte. Es ließ sich einfach schnell lesen. Die Figuren waren mir fast alle unsympathisch bzw. egal. Ich konnte zudem nicht nachvollziehen, wie schnell Shahrzad von "ich bringe Dich um" zu "ich liebe Dich" überging. Der Typ hat immerhin ihre beste Freundin getötet und ihre Rachepläne hatte sie, nehme ich an, schon länger reifen lassen. Und dann schwenkt sie so schnell um, nur, weil Chalid so gut aussieht? Wird Shahrzad dadurch nicht zu einer negativen Person? Zumindest hat sie bei mir dadurch keine Pluspunkte gesammelt. Aber die Erzählung verfolgt natürlich ein anderes Ziel (die Liebe...) und muss natürlich weitergehen. Es plänkelt vor sich hin, es gibt viele gefährliche Augenblicke für die Protagonisten. Für meinen Geschmack kamen in Zorn und Morgenröte zu wenige Geschichten in der eigentlichen Geschichte vor - sollte Shahrzad nicht mehr erzählen? Das Buch endet mit einem Cliffhanger, allerdings kann ich nicht sagen, dass mich der Fortgang der Geschichte interessiert (ich denke, der Ausgang ist eh klar).

Insgesamt ist Zorn und Morgenröte ein nettes Märchen, das sich schnell weglesen lässt, aber nicht länger im Kopf bleibt. Die Fortsetzung muss ich nicht lesen. Schade, ich habe viel erwartet, aber die Erwartungen waren durch die allgemeine Euphorie einfach zu hoch - es mag auch sein, dass ich nicht (mehr) zur Zielgruppe gehöre. ( )
  Gesa-Marie | Aug 25, 2020 |
This book is perfection. It is amazing well written and the plot is just mind blowing. The characters are so loveable I love Jalal the best and Khalid ( )
  Haleema-imran | Aug 3, 2020 |
Settling with 3.5 because I was confused between 3 and 4 stars.
The story has potential of course. It's based on the Thousand and One Arabian Nights. However, Shahrzad doesn't display the charm required of a storyteller throughout the book. She couldn't be a more boring character whose only attributes are conveyed to us by her admirers.
In reality, none of the characters are that memorable or fun to read. But the book itself isn't boring and that deserves a solid 3 in my opinion. Sometimes I thought things were being too lame. They were falling for each other too quickly. But since I don't care for the characters much, I'll let that slide.
In short, this is a fun book but not at all memorable.
Only thing that irked me was adding a Rajput without any respect of his origins. I am a Rajput so that is a sensitive topic for me. I have no idea why a Rajput would go and serve the Caliph without a major benefit. We had enough battles of our own to fight.


One hundred lives for the one you took. One life to one dawn. Should you fail but a single morn, I shall take from you your dreams. I shall take from you your city. And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold.
“A shared history does not entitle you to a future, my friend.”
“I wish I possessed your particular brand of optimism,” Rahim grumbled.
“And what brand would that be?”
( )
  AzuraScarlet | Aug 1, 2020 |
What a delightful book. The pacing what quite frustrating in the first half of the book but the second half was excellent. It was so intense and I devoured every bit of the story.

I love all the characters. Shahrzad is an amazing young woman. She has a tongue sharp and a sword and so much courage to go through with her plan in the first place even it doesn't work out like she thought. Khalid is the quiet and beautiful love we all deserve. He's a bit of an a-hole at times but he does try and there is kindness and goodness in him and I love it. Then their is a fav in Jalal who is almost as wildly awesome as Shazi and who had me screaming in amazement quite a few times.

I had been about to give up on romance but the this brown girl on the cover pulled me back and I don't regret it. Such an exciting plot. ( )
  Isana | Jul 7, 2020 |
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I once had a thousand desires,
But in my one desire to know you,
all else melted away.
Jalal al-Din Rumi
For Victor,
the story at the heart of mine.
And for Jessica,
the first star in my night sky.
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It would not be a welcome dawn.
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