I watched a book review of this amazing young adult novel (age 14 and up), and instantly wanted to read it. When I picked up the “Wrath and the Dawn”, the first of a two-book series that combines elements of the “1001 Nights” (Or “Arabian Nights”) by Renee Ahdieh, I was instantly hooked.
I was on the edge of my seat while reading and almost shaking with anticipation. This book was indeed a masterpiece with a beautiful Persian setting and wonderfully written characters - there is magic, mystery and romance.
The main protagonist, Sharazad, is strong, independent and in need of revenge. Her best friend is murdered at the hand of the boy-king whom every night takes a new bride and at dawn the next day, he kills them with a silk cord wrapped around their neck.
Will Sharazad succeed with her yearning for revenge? Or will she start to fall in love with this monster who killed her best friend. Will Sharazad choose revenge or love?
Reegan Burke is an eighth grade student from Windham Middle School