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Publisher Description

#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).*

Young Adult
May 12
Penguin Young Readers Group

Customer Reviews

GreatApple74 ,


I love the story and plot. I got pulled into this story and finished it in 2 days!

loathing69 ,

Cliffhanger of heartbreak

With hopes of them finding love I find my dreams crushed as I search for more of this marvelous gripping story that held me so closely until the too short end full of unanswered questions.

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My expectations were high and Ahdieh still blew them away!

So, I don’t know where to begin. It’s a cross between 1001 nights and Beauty & the Beast (I know they are kind of the same story already but this gave off distinct vibes from both). I LOVE both of those stories and have probably consumed every piece of media based off of them that exists, so trust me when I say that this is definitely one of the best!
The characters are very real in the sense that they aren’t purely good or purely bad and none of the, ever claim to be either. Ahdieh did an incredible job handling the development of the characters so that you can see their perspectives changing slowly and fluidly.
Also, it’s surprisingly deep for a YA romance. She forces you to ask yourself: is it okay to do objectively bad things for objectively good reasons? And does it really matter? Do our past mistakes define us?
The characters all have some kind of guilt that affects their self-worth and are struggling to define good vs. evil throughout the story.
Also the romance is great, but if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t enjoy fairy tail romance, try not to be a hater.
Anyways, thank you Renée Ahdieh! You’re a genius!

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