Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & The Dawn (#2)
The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.
Oh my god, this series!!
I don't go for retellings very often, unless it's Alice in Wonderland related, but this is definitely my exception. I can't decide who I love more in this story: Shahrzad, Irsa, or Khalid. One of my favorite aspects of this story though is the introduction of the close family bond between Shazi and Irsa. I would say I envy their bond as sisters, but I'm probably just as close if not closer with my own sister.
And the curse! And all the magic!
I don't know how to review this book without giving away important plot aspects. Shazi's relationship with Khalid is something I dream of, they fit together so perfectly and balance each other. The country is in turmoil and the evil uncle is almost as bad as the mislead father.
I also approve of the ending. It will rip your heart out first though, just warning you. For once I approve of an epilogue thought!
Go Read This Series!!