Mini Review: The Wrath & The Dawn Duology

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The Wrath & The Dawn Duology by Reneé Ahdieh

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling

Add on Goodreads: The Wrath & The Dawn and The Rose & The Dagger.

Amazon: *The Wrath and the Dawn (2 Book Series)

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The Wrath & The Dawn

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.” 

The Wrath and the Dawn was a book I saw talked about on twitter a lot. It was extremely hyped and I could see why. From chapter one I was hooked into this story. As a hopeless romantic the romance made me soar. I loved everything about Shahrzad and Khalid and how their story unfolded. This story is a retelling of a thousand and one nights. Shazi volunteers to be the next queen who will be killed in the next dawn. The catch? She is going to kill the Caliph before that happens. With her charm, cunning attitude, quick thinking, and witt Shazhrzad prolongs her death each dawn. As she discovers more about Khalid and why he kills each bride things start to shift in her and her thoughts on him change. Instead, the two become closer and they learn more about each other than they ever imagined. Things are not always as they seem in a kingdom of death, secrets, and lies. This was a story that I fell in love with because the romance was the main point but it was not the only point. The magic, adventure, and culture were all rich and beautiful. This became one of my favorite books of all time and both characters became some of my favorite characters of all time as well. But the secondary made this story even better because they were complex and well rounded just as much.

Favorite Quotes

“My soul sees its equal in you.” 

“I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.” 

“You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow.” 

“There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.” 

“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty. This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.” 

“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.” 

“Get up, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. You kneel before no one. Least of all me.” 

“I know love is fragile. And loving someone like you is near impossible. Like holding something shattered through a raging sandstorm. If you want her to love you, shelter her from that storm…And make certain that storm isn’t you.” 

“If you are just one girl, I am just one boy.”

“The mighty Caliph of Khorasan. The King of Kings. Her beautiful monster.” 

“On pain of death…you are as important to him as his own life.” 

“In her ear, he whispered, “Do better than this Shazi. My queen is without limitations. Boundless in all that she does. Show them.”

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The Rose and The Dagger

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.” 

The Rose and The Dagger picks up a few days right after book one and this one was just as wonderful if not more than book one. The romance was to die for and we got to see Shazi and Khalid in a new light. One of my favorite aspects was you thought for a moment we would get an annoying love triangle but that didn’t happen. Shazi never falters in her love for Khalid and she stands by him and him her from beginning to end. In this book, we are on the brink of war while also trying to end the curse put on Khalid. The Rose and The Dagger has even more magic, lies, betrayal, deceit, and love than book one. There are many plot twists and an ending that rocks you to the core. We get to know new faces that are so loveable and some so evil that really pushes the story to the brink. Khalid’s respect and love for Shazi are immaculate. He doesn’t treat her as something less as normal kings do. She was his equal in every sense of the word. I love the whole adventure in this book and the intensity the coming war brings. This book and number one both really are amazing books and I can not recommend them enough.

Favorite Quotes

“No. He was not here to wreak revenge. For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife. For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce. For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.
He was here to burn something to the ground.” 

“It does not take courage to kill. It takes courage to live.” 

“From the stars, to the stars.” 

“That is not the way of it. Your future is not set in stone, my dearest star. A coin turns on itself a number of times before it lands.” 

“Two stubborn lovers, protecting each other from the very same threat.”

“It does not take courage to kill. It takes courage to live.”

“Give me a meaningful love or a beautiful death!” 

“Destiny was for fools. Sharzad would not wait for her life to happen. She would make it happen.” 

“When I was in the desert, I woke each day and carried on with my life, but it wasn’t living; it was merely existing. I want to live. You are where I live.”

“Love was something that did much to change a person. It brought joy as it brought suffering, and in turn brought about those moments that defined one’s character.” 

“The warm sound of her laughter stole through Khalid’s skin, heating the coldest reaches of his soul.” 

“Jealousy is a childish, petty emotion.” The caliph switched the single shamshir to his left hand in a single, fluid motion. “I don’t feel jealousy. I feel rage.” Tariq” 

“But wishes are for genies and the fools who believe in such things.”

Shahrzad smiled. “Are you a genie or a fool?” 
“A fool. As I’ve always been when it comes to you.”
“At least you can admit it.”
“At least twice.” One side of his mouth curled upward. “And only to you.”

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