THE WRATH AND THE DAWN (Penguin/Putnam, May 12th, 2015):
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
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 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 break the cycle once and for all.
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Praise for THE WRATH AND THE DAWN:
“A riveting Game of Thrones meets Arabian Nights love story.” - US Weekly
“Fans of strong characters and fairytale retellings will love this book.” - The Huffington Post
“Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this is a carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city.” - Booklist, starred review
“The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author’s adept world building . . . a surefire hit with teens.” - School Library Journal, starred review
“A suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of The Arabian Nights, with an edge.” - Shelf Awareness, starred review
“A dazzling, mesmerizing achievement.” - RT Book Reviews
“Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling.” - Kirkus Review
“Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it’s a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.” - Publisher’s Weekly
“This book is a fairytale, a mystery, and . . . promises to become a classic tale of its own.” - VOYA
“Don’t be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool, marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did.”
~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of The Legend Trilogy
“In her absorbing debut, Renée Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written.”
~ Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series
“You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it’s not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, The Wrath and the Dawn is a story I could not put down.”
~ Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner’s Trilogy
Awards and Accolades
* #1 New York Times bestseller
* USA Today bestseller
* A Junior Library Guild Selection
* A Summer 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List Top Ten Pick
* A Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Young Adults 2015
* An Amazon Best Young Adult Book of 2015
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THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER (Penguin/Putnam, April 26th, 2016):
The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family–who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid–and her childhood sweetheart Tariq, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
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Pre-order THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER:
FLAME IN THE MIST (Penguin/Putnam, May 2nd, 2017)
View Publisher’s Weekly announcement HERE.