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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh was released in May of this year. Last night at my nephew's birthday party, my sister raved about this one, saying it was her favorite book in a while. And somehow I hadn't even heard of it. But when we have Scheherazade, a superhero in the fairy tale/folklore pantheon, well, I am usually on board with just that. It is also available in the UK at The Wrath and the Dawn.
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.