5 out of 5
Let me start off by saying that I was so mad at the ending but I’m so glad there’s going to be a second book. I loved, loved, LOVED this book. As a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale, I was torn about my feelings for Khalid, but I was very happy with the reason the author created for his murders. Did I ever think I’d find myself crushing on a character who was a murderer? No, but Ahdieh is such a great writer that I don’t think anyone reading this story can help it.
Everything about this book was what I wanted in a story; I was never disappointed and found complete satisfaction in every aspect of the storytelling, except for the various perspectives. At times, I didn’t think they worked. There were a few sections in other characters’ points of view that could have been shortened or skipped over all together, and I think the novel would have been slightly stronger for it.
Otherwise, The Wrath and the Dawn is perfect, and is so rich in world-building and culture. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
-Ember Book Reviews
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P.S. I have read other Bluebeard retellings before, and this one is by far the best and most well-rounded. I always love a sympathetic villain.