#1 New York Times Bestseller
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, 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.
*The book is a Rough Cut Edition (pages are deliberately not the same length).*
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Murder and mind games might just lead to true love in this dark YA fantasy. For reasons no one knows, Khalid, the 18-year-old caliph of Khorasan, marries a new girl every night, only to murder her the next morning. His most recent doomed bride was the best friend of feisty 16-year-old Shahrzad, so she’s vowed to take her revenge. Instead, she discovers that far from being a cruel psychopath, Khalid is devastatingly handsome and charming. This swoony and intense reimagining of 1001 Arabian Nights gets dark, complicated, and mystical as we grew ever more desperate for these two star-crossed lovers to somehow find a happy ending. Part Game of Thrones, part Beauty and the Beast, the first book in Renée Ahdieh’s enchanting romantic fantasy series is as timeless and breathtaking as the tales that inspired it.
Their love was fraught with so much hate, too many obstacles, but such a worthy and beautiful hope that was fragile yet deep.
This story, at times, wrenched at my heart because of the constant inner struggle that the two main characters has to battle with throughout the book. Such a fairytale that had vestiges of the Aladdin story, but very sad and raw.
Great book! Now I am going to jump to the second book.
I love the story and plot. I got pulled into this story and finished it in 2 days!
This book is great. The ending sort of confused me but all in all a good read 🤗