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The Wrath & the Dawn
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#1 New York Times BestsellerA sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One NightsEvery dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the...
#1 New York Times BestsellerA sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One NightsEvery dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the...
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  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
    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, indeed, 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 to break the cycle once and for all.
    *The book is a Rough Cut Edition (pages are deliberately not the same length).*

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    I once had a thousand desires,

    But in my one desire to know you,

    all else melted away.

    Jalal al-Din Rumi

    IT WOULD NOT BE A WELCOME DAWN.

    Already the sky told this story, with its sad halo of silver beckoning from beyond the horizon.

    A young man stood alongside his father on the rooftop terrace of the marble palace. They watched the pale light of the early morning sun push back the darkness with slow, careful deliberation.

    "Where is he?" the young man asked.

    His father did not look his way. "He has not left his chamber since he gave the order."

    The young man ran a hand through his wavy hair, exhaling all the while. "There will be riots in the city streets for this."

    "And you will put them to rout, in short order." It was a terse response, still made to a somber stretch of light.

    "In short order? Do you not think a mother and father, regardless of birth or rank, will fight to avenge their child?"

    Finally, the father faced his son. His eyes were drawn and sunken, as though a weight tugged at them from within. "They will fight. They should fight. And you will ensure it amounts to nothing. You will do your duty to your king. Do you understand?"

    The young man paused. "I understand."

    "General al-Khoury?"

    His father turned toward the soldier standing behind them. "Yes?"

    "It is done."

    His father nodded, and the soldier left.

    Again, the two men stared up at the sky.

    Waiting.

    A drop of rain struck the arid surface beneath their feet, disappearing into the tan stone. Another plinked against the iron railing before it slid its way into nothingness.

    Soon, rain was falling around them at a steady pace.

    "There is your proof," the general said, his voice laden with quiet anguish.

    The young man did not respond right away.

    "He cannot withstand this, Father."

    "He can. He is strong."

    "You have never understood Khalid. It is not about strength. It is about substance. What follows will destroy all that remains of his, leaving behind a husk—a shadow of what he once was."

    The general winced. "Do you think I wanted this for him? I would drown in my own blood to prevent this. But we have no choice."

    The young man shook his head and wiped the rain from beneath his chin.

    "I refuse to believe that."

    "Jalal—"

    "There must be another way." With that, the young man turned from the railing and vanished down the staircase.

    Throughout the city, long-dry wells began to fill. Cracked, sunbaked cisterns shimmered with pools of hope, and the people of Rey awoke to a new joy. They raced into the streets, angling their smiling faces to the sky.

    Not knowing the price.

    And, deep within the palace of marble and stone, a boy of eighteen sat alone before a table of polished ebony . . .

    Listening to the rain.

    The only light in the room reflected back in his amber eyes.

    A light beset by the dark.

    He braced his elbows on his knees and made a crown of his hands about his brow. Then he shuttered his gaze, and the words echoed around him, filling his ears with the promise of a life rooted in the past.

    Of a life atoning for his sins.

    One hundred lives for the one you took. One life to one dawn. Should you fail but a single morn, I shall take from you your dreams. I shall take from you your city.

    And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold.

    THEY WERE NOT GENTLE. AND WHY SHOULD THEY BE?

    After all, they did not expect her to live past the next morning.

    The hands that tugged ivory combs through...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 6, 2015
    What does one make of a man forced to murder dozens of women in order to save a city from a curse—who then stops killing, dooming the city anyway, because he’s fallen in love? It’s a tricky ethical conundrum to build a love story on, and Ahdieh’s debut, a reimagining of the tale of Scheherazade, dances around it. Shahrzad, 16, decides that she is the one who will stop the murderous caliph, Khalid, by destroying him to avenge the death of her best friend. Shazi marries Khalid and entices him with a cliffhanger story, persuading him to allow her to live one more day to finish the tale as she races to devise his assassination. Day after day together adds nuance their relationship beyond what either could have imagined; as they hesitate in their separate resolves, other plots are set in motion. Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it’s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance. With a premise this loaded, though, Ahdieh sets herself a big challenge in the second, concluding volume. Ages 12–up. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2015
    A lush, hypnotic, swoony re-imagining of the "Arabian Nights" framing story.Sixteen-year-old Shahrzad jilts her sweetheart to wed the "murderer, monster, madman" Khalid Ibn al-Rashid, Caliph of Khorasan, planning vengeance for his serial murders of his brides, including her beloved cousin. Clever, stubborn, and reckless, Shahrzad wields stories like weapons as she piques her new husband's interest and maneuvers through palace intrigue. But she never envisaged that the cold, brilliant, tortured boy king could kindle her desire, nor that her spurned betrothed would raise a rebellion to rescue her. Redolent of perfumes and spices, luxuriant with jewels and silks, this debut pulls authentic details from across cultures and centuries and mixes them with magic and mysticism to concoct an exotic storybook world-albeit with violence and candid sensuality that take it well out of the realm of children's books. While the steamy love triangle takes center stage, secondary characters add excitement with their treacherous schemes, murderous plots, and soapy melodrama. Witty, brash, and passionate, Shahrzad makes a good foil for both her impossibly valiant and infatuated first love and for the angry and self-loathing Khalid, cursed to make impossible choices. As the disparate plot threads intertwine to a heartbreaking climax, the conflagrant cliffhanger will leave those readers enthralled by the forbidden romance both yearning for and dreading the concluding volume. Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from April 1, 2015

    Gr 9 Up-A reimagined tale based on One Thousand and One Nights and The Arabian Nights. In this version, the brave Shahrzad volunteers to marry the Caliph of Khorasan after her best friend is chosen as one of his virgin brides and is summarily murdered the next morning. She uses her storytelling skills, along with well-placed cliff-hangers, to keep herself alive while trying to discover a way to exact revenge on the Caliph. However, the longer she stays in the palace, the more she realizes there's more going on than just a murderous prince. While her feelings for the Caliph grow and change, the first love she left behind is busy plotting to overthrow the entire palace. When the various plotlines come together in a final conflict, the story is brought to a satisfying, if unexpected, ending. A quick moving plot and sassy, believable dialogue make this a compelling and enjoyable mystery, with just the right amount of romance and magic. The main characters are well drawn and surprisingly likable, while secondary characters also develop in endearing ways. The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author's adept worldbuilding. Intimacy is dealt with in a straightforward way, without graphic details, and a subtle message of strength is portrayed through the brave independence of the protagonist. VERDICT This well-written mystery will be a surefire hit with teens.-Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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