Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that I’m looking forward to. My WOW postings won’t be weekly, but they’ll come on Wednesdays when my blogging schedule is open and when I add a yet-to-be-published book to my wishlist.
This Wednesday, I’m waiting on The Wrath and the Dawn, the debut novel by Renee Ahdieh. I learned about Renee and her book from Amy Trueblood’s Writer Odyssey Wednesday series at Chasing The Crazies last November. (Click here for Renee’s article.) When I read the words “a re-imagining of The Arabian Nights,” my first thought was, “What?! I MUST read this!!” I have no idea if The Wrath and the Dawn is going to be more of a historical fantasy with little to no magical elements or an Aladdin-esque high fantasy (which would be awesome!). Either way, this sounds like something I might enjoy. YA fantasy fans who are looking for more cultural diversity in their reading should put this on their wishlist, too.
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.
What book(s) are you waiting on this Wednesday? Are you also looking forward to The Wrath and the Dawn?
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