Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Putman Sons books
Published Date: May 12th 2015
Gender: Romance,retelling, Historical fictionYoung adult & Fiction
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 OUT OF 5)
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’m not going to go into a lot of detail here, but i will start by saying that you should read this book. As soon as possible. after saying that and hoping there is no mistaken i have to say that I have no words for this beauty of a book. This is the first book in the new series by renee Ahdieh and it was inspired by the book A thousand and one nights, making it one of the most anticipated books of 2015. If i’m not mistaken the series is actually a dueology. I hope it is because I’m dying for my happy ending.
Every single part of it was done flawlessly. The book was so rich in dialog , descriptions, meanings, intrigue that it was hard to actually put the book down. The story line is perfect, it was subtle how each of the characters where evolving,its complex , it’s fun. The writing style is precious, yes precious. between the mix of the Arabs terms and the elements of fantasy it so unique and just plain cool even if at times it could be a bit confusing.
“When she wound her fingers in his hair to draw her body against his, he stilled for breath, and she knew, as he knew, that they were lost. Lost forever. In this kiss. This kiss that would change everything.”
the characters where phenomenal. lets take Shahrzad, she started as this vengeful creature but then she started to realize there maybe there could be more to the story. She realize how much her presence changed everything in the castle and how ones feelings can suddenly over take us. and Khalid, slowly but surely made it into my heart with his amber eyes and caring ways, he is still sort of a mystery to me though but that doesn’t lessens my love for him.
The book is filled with romance and a romance junky I couldn’t have asked for more, but there are elements of fantasy that where very passive until the end that is, leading us to big cliffhanger and i have to say a little bit of broken heart.
This is my favorite quote guys:
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”