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.