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 Shadrzad 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 other’s 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 many girls.
Shahrzad decides to go against everyone who tried to stop her from marrying this king boy whose wife die at sunrise. She puts into plan that she will kill him first, to get revenge, but night after night she is still alive! Why is that? She then begins to look deeper into this king-boys life and what she discovers is unbelievable she then knows why he must kill his wife’s at sunrise, but why does he keep sparing her life? And is she able to help him? Then there’s Tariq a boy Shahizard was suppose to marry before her best friend became on of Khalid’s victim, he then let her go to marry this king-boy with the hopes of her returning, but when he goes after he see’s something different in her eyes and he himself decides the take revenge upon Khalid. But will it be too late?
I really enjoyed reading this book it was fast paced so much stuff happening and the suspense, keeped me wanting more. I loved the strong characters and the time period this story was told in.
I was captivated by Shahrzad strength and determination she had no fear of what she was getting herself into she had one goal and was aiming for it.
“We women are a sad lot, aren’t we”
“What do you mean”
“Strong enough to take on the world with our hands, yet we permit ridiculous boys to make fools of us”
“I am not a fool”
“No, you’re not. Not Yet”
My Final Thoughts:
I absolutely loved this story and the characters, especially Shahizard, and the secret and lies just keeped me wanting more I absolutely couldn’t put this book down! The descriptions of the lavish cloths and jewels I could only imagine how beautiful they were. This book was captivating to me to even the book cover! If you have not read this book please do I promise you won’t be disappointed! And the ending had my screaming NOOOO!!!! You can’t end like this! I have already dove into the sequel!