Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights this teen novel is no tired retelling of this old story. In fact it is a potent page turner full of intrigue, mysteries to be discovered, motives to be explained and magic. Yes, there is romance, but it blends with the story rather than being the dominating factor.
Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. Sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. She plans to exact revenge for the death of her best friend and she has a plan to survive. She must use all her wits to stay ahead, and she is a great character to read; clever, honest, outspoken and sassy. In fact all of the characters are well drawn, and the rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the whole feeling of the world they live in.
Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and building discontent there is more to deal with than just relationships. In true Arabian Nights fashion, it's a cliff-hanger. Like the caliph, we will just have to wait for the rest. Yes, I got to the end of this book and now I have to wait for the sequel - aaaarghh.
Aimed at teens I feel this book is just too good not to recommend it to all. Well paced it wont take you too long to read, in fact you are likely to stay up late to finish it.
Title : The wrath & the dawn
Author : Renée Ahdieh
Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction, (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids' books and... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration.