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 terrible 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 may be falling in love with a murderer.
Shazi discovers that the villainous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. It’s up to her to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
After hearing so many good things about this I found it irresistible when I saw it at my local library. I started reading and thought, “hmmm, this is pretty good”. BUT then nothing happened.
For a book that is close to 400 pages there is very little plot, which was so frustrating. I can even pretty much outline the story without giving away spoilers…
A young king marries a new wife on a daily basis, only to kill her the morning after. We are given the impression right at the beginning that this is because of some kind of curse. Shazi’s best friend was one of the king’s brides, now she wants revenge, so she volunteers to be his new wife. She has a boyfriend already and he wants her back so plots to rescue her. THE END!
Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well it is, sort of. It is well written. The characters are good (I was particularly fond of Despina and Jalal). But again there was so little plot. And it just ended. I’m still baffled as to what happened at the end.
I am aware that this is part one of a duology, with “The Rose and the Dagger” being part two, but I get so annoyed when book one is merely a build up to the next one, especially when it is this length.
I do want to know what happens next, that is the frustrating thing. I will probably find the second book to see what Khalid and Shazi end up deciding, But why cant there just be one slightly longer book instead of splitting a story up like this?
Finished on April 29th 2017
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