First Line Fridays: “The Wrath and The Dawn” by Renée Ahdieh

First Line Fridays

First line Fridays is a weekly book feature hosted by Hoarding Books.

Hey, we’ve reached Friday! A round of applause for us for surviving another week 👏👏👏 It’s been a bit stressful for me at work, not to mention I have the sniffles (2 days now). It’s a bummer!

Anyway, so, this Friday’s line comes from a book I’ve finished re-reading.


“It would not be a welcome dawn.”

One Life to One Dawn

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?


I read The Wrath and The Dawn early last year and I loved it. It’s a re-telling of One Thousand and One Nights, or Arabian Nights as more people know it by. It’s a pretty quick read, same goes for its follow-up The Rose and The Dagger, so if you like re-tellings, YA romance and a bit of magic this one is the book for you.


14 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “The Wrath and The Dawn” by Renée Ahdieh

  1. Fiction Aficionado says:

    Sounds intriguing!

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘Dancing in the Rain’ by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery on my blog today, but I’m currently up to chapter eleven, so here’s the first line from chapter eleven:

    “Nervous energy filled Loni’s stomach as her plane made its descent into Blountville, Tennessee.”


  2. Anneliese Dalaba says:

    Sounds suspenseful. I’m wondering if someone else if murdering all those wives. Otherwise, how can this end well? Then, again, maybe it doesn’t end well. Regardless, I love the cover. It’s great for what the story is about.

    Today on my blog I am sharing a book I read a long time ago by Mary Connealy that I greatly enjoyed, Petticoat Ranch. Here I will share the first line from the book I am currently reading/studying, “Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray. “You’ve been at an intersection before, waiting for the red light to change, and had that uneasy feeling: Is the bus next to me moving forward or am I in reverse?” This book is about finding meaning and clarity in a post-truth world. I highly recommend this author. Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.


  3. bellesmoma16 says:

    I have had this book on my TBR pile for a while. I need to find time to read it. I’ve only heard great things about this book.

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from To Kill a Mockingbird — one of my most favorite books ever written. So here I will share from the book I am currently reading, The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck. I am just beginning chapter 14, so I will share the first line from there.

    “Try as I might, I can’t release Sam’s kiss from my memory.”

    Have a great weekend!


    • Rachel says:

      I love To Kill a Mockingbird too. It’s been so long since I read it last. Makes me want to re-read. Have a great weekend as well! 😊


  4. susandyer1962 says:

    Happy Friday!😊 Feel better Rachel!

    My FLF comes from a book I will be reading soon, My Heart Belongs in Niagra Falls New York by Amanda Barratt.

    As the coachman loaded her trunk onto the carriage, nausea churned in Adele’s stomach.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😀


    • Rachel says:

      Thank you, Susan! Sounds like you’re getting to read a historical romance. 💕 Hope you have a great weekend with your new book.


    • Rachel says:

      Thank you. I think it’s time for this year’s flu shot. 😢 I agree! The covers of both books in this duology is really fab. Doesn’t hurt that the story is great, too.


  5. thebeccafiles says:

    Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog this week is Unblemished by Sara Ella but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from chapter 4 here: “The expression on El’s face before the wall closed was all the proof I required.” Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend! 🙂


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