After people telling me to read this book for so long, I finally managed to pick it up! Did I love it as much as I thought I would? Hm… Maybe not. But in the end, it was a really great book and I did like it a whole lot! This was the second book I read by Renée Ahdieh and it definitely did not disappoint. Don’t worry about spoilers because, as usual, this review is completely spoiler free!
“For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.”
I had quite some difficulty getting into The Wrath & The Dawn. This was my second Renée Ahieh book, and I absolutely love her writing. But it was a struggle all the same. I got to a point where I almost wanted to put it away for some other time, but I’m so incredibly glad I didn’t. Suddenly, I got to a point where I understood most of what went on and then it got really interesting. People have been telling me to read this book for a while because they thought I’d love it and I really did! It’s really a character driven story, and I loved it.
Shahrzard’s best friend was murdered by the king, so she volunteers to be his next bride. She’s really brave. She basically defies death by telling stories. Yeah, really, she doesn’t die because she starts telling stories. I was genuinely scared for her at first, since all of the king’s brides die at dawn. My heart was actually going crazy! I absolutely loved it. I often forgot Shazi is a Calipha – a queen – but it was really cool randomly reminding myself that she was. Khalid is an extremely interesting and layered character. From page one, we learn he’s a monstrous boy-king who murders his brides at dawn. But why?! What is he hiding?! And is he really that monstrous? He’s definitely one of the most interesting characters I’ve read about in a while.
I loved Despina, Shazi’s handmaiden. They weren’t exactly best friends, but they also weren’t enemies. They were in a grey area, which I feel is just so great! I feel like usually assistants and handmaidens or whatever are always the wonderful friends who have the main character’s back but that wasn’t always the case! Jalal was a pretty great guy, but I feel as if I don’t really know him. Who’s side is he really on?! At one point, I thought I’d figured it out, but then he made this comment and I’m like asdfghjkl?!
It’s fine, guys. I’m okay. Or not. As for Tariq… I kinda despise him. Oops. #SorryNotSorry. On one hand, I understand him. On the other, he’s so selfish! I like him for it, but I also don’t. There were a few other characters, but I appear to just have forgotten about them…
If there’s one thing I absolutely love about YA and books and romance, it’s love to hate relationships. So, obviously, I loved this book. The relationship between our two lovers was super complex, which made it really interesting. The relationship between Shazi and Khalid – thankfully – wasn’t rushed at all. It wasn’t slow burn, either. I felt like it was perfect. I don’t really care about OTPs these days, but oh my goodness, I found my new OTP right there!
Something I didn’t really like about the book – beside my struggle getting into the story – were the multiple perspectives. Some were really vague and we never really got the chance to connect and dive deeper into the side characters. I wasn’t really interested in them, which meant I forgot most details like family ties and who exactly we were reading about. It did add some interesting perspectives to the story, but I think I would’ve preferred to read everything from only one or two perspectives.
I didn’t love the book as much as I thought I would, but I still liked it a lot anyway! There were some elements that I didn’t like, but overal I loved most of it. I really cannot wait to read The Rose & The Dagger to see how the duology ends!
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