Published 2015, 388pp, Putnam Juvenile
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The Wrath and the Dawn is a Young Adult retelling of A Thousand and One Nights and is packed full of political intrigue, secrets, a hint of magic and gorgeous food as well as the stories within the story. Khalid is the 18 year old Caliph of Khorasan, Shahrzad is the girl that’s going to kill him. The Caliph takes a new bride every evening, and at each dawn orders their death, hung by a silk cord. After her best friend is murdered by the King of Kings, Shazi decides to take his life. She volunteers to be the next bride with revenge clouding her judgement. She has a plan to escape the dread of the dawn, she will tell the Caliph a story all night so that when dawn comes, he will need to keep her alive to hear the end. Khalid had never visited one of his brides again after each marriage. It’s too painful for him, but this time, he is intrigued by the defiant girl who volunteered to marry him. He has to meet her, he has to find out how she could possibly face marrying him, and her certain death. He discovers she is not at all what he bargained for.