The Wrath and the Dawn Series, Book 1
Description (taken from Renee Ahdieh's website):
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and break the cycle once and for all.
Shahrzad is mourning the loss of her best friend when she volunteers to become the next calpiha of Khorasan. She will get revenge for what he has done to all of his brides. But when she survives through the next sunrise, she finds not everything is in blacks and whites.
Before killing Khalid, Shahrzad is determined to figure out why he is killing so many girls. His cool exterior refuses to let her in, but something must have happened because she's still alive. So she uses her silver tongue and wits to stay alive and charm the prince. Soon she finds herself charmed by him and willing to die for him. And when Shahrzad's past clashes with her future, will their love be enough for their kingdom?
This is a well-told story that I wanted to stay engrossed in. But as much as I wanted to love it, I couldn't really see the love connection between Khalid and Shahrzad. Sure, I saw the mysteriousness, aloofness, and stubbornness while they were getting to know each other. But going from extreme hatred to love? I missed that in-between. And then I realized this book was a series as I was almost done with it, and I wasn't going to get an ending. I actually finished this book on a plane and wanted to through it out the window due to the non-ending I got. So dissatisfied right now.
As much as I didn't see the love connection, I still feel vested to the story and the fairy tale. I will be reading the next one in hopes of an actual ending....