Saga of Shahrzad and Khalid

Saga of Shahrzad and Khalid

The Wrath & the Dawn

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
ISBN: 9780399171611
Branch Call Number: AHDI
Characteristics: 404 pages : illustration
Alternative Title: Wrath and the dawn


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Oct 04, 2017

This is a beautiful retelling of the classic story: "A thousand and one nights." For those that do not know, it speaks about a newlywed man and woman who are caught in a well told story. The man needs to kill his wife, but cannot as she never finishes her story before dawn and he never finds the end. This continues for a period of, well, 1001 nights, and she lives. I liked how it was fleshed out and a backdrop of other people came to life. By volunteering, the protagonist had to leave behind all that kept her rooted. In this, she was captured but also set free.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 03, 2017

Loving these books and the characters... can't wait to see where this story leads :)

Jun 21, 2017

The tale of Scheherazade is a tricky one to retell, especially if you want to attempt to redeem the murderous king, so I applaud Ahdieh for such an ambitious attempt. It was largely successful – I loved all the details of Middle Eastern culture, and I found the characters to be layered and intriguing. However, the fact still remains that the ethical quandary at the center of this book cannot be satisfactorily resolved – the caliph is drawn as a sympathetic character, but the fact is that even though he was forced to murder his previous wives for a good reason, he then abandons that perfectly good reason as soon as he falls in love with Shahrzad, so…. I don’t know! Tricky morality, and it’s hard to know what, precisely, to root for in terms of outcomes. Needless to say, I’ll be interested to see how Ahdieh resolves all of it in the sequel.

PimaLib_ChristineR May 19, 2017

The Arabian Nights seems to be one of those books that everyone knows about but not many people have read the whole thing. We know that we get the story of Aladdin, and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves from it, among countless others, but it is the back story that Renee Ahdieh takes, and turns into something magical. Caliph Khalid takes a wife every day, and murders her by sunrise. Shahrzad decides to offer herself as his wife after he has killed not only 70 or so women, but her best friend, Shiva. By getting close, she believes she can exact revenge and put his reign of terror to an end. But here, the story deviates from the original, because the Caliph is not the man he seems to be. Something has forced him to into this course, but because he trusts no one, especially the woman who volunteered for almost certain death, it is impossible to find out why this has happened. The more Shahrzad sees the difference between his actions and the murders, the more she wants to learn, and the less she wants to kill.

All the characters are in their late teens/early 20s, and as is typical, they all seem to think they are smarter than they are and indestructible. Watching them move beyond the typical is a joy, and listening to the tales of Shahrzad, no matter how repeated, proves why they've endured so long.

I honestly didn't know if there would be a second book, but I had to have it as soon as I finished this one. The larger story, outside of the love story, is what keeps this from being a typical love-triangle. From those who think they act out of love, to those who feel they've been overlooked, every character brings something to make this novel more than the sum of its parts.

May 10, 2017

Liked the plot and sub-plots and the writing style which kept me up reading later than I should have. Would have given it 4 stars but felt that it ended too abruptly...such that I felt confused as if I had been following a path that suddenly dropped me off a cliff. Very disconcerting and annoying ! But it didn't put me off enough to not read the next installment.

AL_KELSEY Feb 15, 2017

I knew this one was going to be good before I started--I'd heard it from publishers and librarians alike, but I didn't realize just how incredible and compelling it would be! I love the main characters in this story--yes, it's a retelling, but this retelling made the original story come alive for me. There are secrets people keep to protect the ones they love, and this book was spot on with this. This is one series I am going to actually read the sequel to!

Oct 31, 2016

This book was just beautiful.

It was an interesting take on the 1001 Nights story that has been around. Although to be honest, even if you have no idea what I'm talking about, it doesn't matter, because this book takes the ground work for that and makes it into its own thing! The story does a great job of keeping you invested and also throwing a few curve balls your way. (Basically: GO READ IT NOW!!)

I loved Shahrzad. She was strong, beautiful and full of amazing sass. I loved watching her development/struggle as she got to know Khalid and as she wrestled with doing what was "right" and trying to reconcile the Khalid she was coming to know with the man she'd sworn to kill.

The other characters were great too. Khalid, who even from the beginning was clearly more than what people thought. Despina, Shahrzad's handmaiden who certainly didn't pull punches when it came to pointing out feelings that Shahrzad was trying to ignore. Jalal, Khalid's cousin and his right hand man who also didn't pull punches when it came to feelings Khalid was trying to ignore. Also, a lot of the more "minor" characters were interesting and I hope a few of them make repeat appearances.

The buildup throughout the book was an awesome slow burn. Not just in the romance/relationship department (which was phenomenal BTW!!), but in the reveal to things as well. Of course, the slow burn meant that the ending was rather cliffhanger-esque with an awesome set up for The Rose & the Dagger, but waiting is going to be interesting.

AL_CATHERINE Aug 29, 2016

Richly crafted and romantic, I loved this clever take on a classic tale! The magic is subtle but powerful and no one's allegiance is certain. Compulsively readable, I can't wait for the sequel.

AL_SARAH Aug 17, 2016

I couldn't put this book down! I wish the main female character had a little more internal strength, but overall the story was intriguing.

Jun 21, 2016

This is a great spin off of 1001 Arabian Nights. Usually books that drawn from common fairytales have a tendency to be boring and predictable, but this book is not! Don't judge the entire book by the beginning. Read the whole book to get the full effect of the story. It was entertaining, but I'm not sure if I would read book number two.

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Mar 29, 2016

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Mar 29, 2016

Sexual Content: A couple scenes. Nothing too vivid


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