Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling
Published: May 12, 2012 by: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5/5 stars
For months, King Khalid of Khorasan has taken a bride from a family, only to kill her after one night. This dreadful fate happened to Shiza, the best friend of 16 year-old Shahrzad. Shazi vows to avenge her friend's death, by becoming a bride of Khalid, but killing him, before he kills her. Khalid soon becomes intrigued by Shahrzad, and night after night is too wrapped up in her enchanting stories to kill her. But what happens when Shazi starts falling for the murderous king? Will it be a betrayal of her friend, or could it unlock the secret to the reason behind his killings?
This book was fully and wholeheartedly one of the best books I've read in 2016! I was captivated by the Arabian culture, fully engrossed into the diverse characters, and the whole book seemed so magical and enchanting. This book was something so unique and yet also stays true to a classic retelling of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights.
You will fall in love with Shazi's character! She is fearless and strong, but also so beautiful inside and out. She has a very mystical persona to her, like you don't know how she's really going to react until you read. I loved how she was very unexpected.
This book seems like poetry in a sense. It is so descriptive, but in a very good way that allows you to really visualize a scene and feel like you're in it. This book really plays up the sensory imagery, but I think that's what captivated me even more to read it.
Let's not forget about a huge component of the book: the retelling. I have never read A Thousand and One Arabian Nights but this book gave me a great YA portrayal. It kept up with the Arabian stories and themes beautifully, and it felt like something out of Aladdin. I loved hearing Shazi's stories.
Overall, this was a beautifully diverse retelling that I think would capture the attention of anyone. Give it a go, it's great.
Have you read The Wrath and the Dawn? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess