2015’s top 10 #6

  • “The Wrath and the Dawn” by R. Ahdieh

Published May 12th

The wrath and the dawn coverWe’re getting to my ultimate favorites, people. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, and it is a delicious read. The protagonist, Shahrzad, is a woman who wishes to avenge her friend’s death by the hand of the Caliph of Khorasan by marrying him. Shahrzad is everything I ever wanted a female protagonist to be : strong, determined, smart, compassionate, experiencing moments of weakness, of helplessness. A woman does not have to meet men’s standards of strength to be strong, is something strongly reflected in this book. The setting, a ancient Persia-like world, makes the story all the more delightful : the book makes you travel. What did it for me, strangely, is the logical succession of events in this book : every character has particular weaknesses or strengths that influence the plot at one point or another, and even though these decisions might be ill-advised, you still get attached to the characters, because they always mean well, in their own way. Certainly, Ahdieh’s uncanny, mystical writing made the book all the more splendid.

“So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”
“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.”

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