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.
If you follow my reviews you know I absolutely loved book one and was very much looking forward to book two.
Sadly this book felt sort of short for me and I can’t say I enjoyed it nearly as much as the first.
It starts off pretty much where we were left in book two and things are starting to fall apart fast for everyone. Shazi is is separated from Kahlid some major parts of the book and “stuck” with Tariq. I still enjoyed Shazi for the most part but must say she defiantly had her stupid moments in this book. I also enjoyed that we learned more about her family history.
I was not a huge fan in book one of Tariq and that did not change if anything I just dislike him more than before.
I loved Khalid and I loved seeing how he handled things, the good, the bad and the ugly. Though he also had his moments of annoyance.
The pace of the book felt a little all over the place, some things were too long and seemed to go on forever other the complete opposite.
Oh…. Despina and Jalah story … again while a bit predicable at part overall I enjoyed it very much.
Overall, I enjoyed the ending and the book but I thought it was not as good as the first book. But I’m still very glad that I read them
I rate it 3 ½★
One Life to One Dawn. In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all. Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Why oh why did I wait so long to read this book. It is absolutely amazing. I have to admit that at first I wasn’t really about it but soon fell in love with this book. I just adored everything about it. The characters, their journey and turmoil , the twists and turns, as well as the world building. The world building was just too awesome, I could smell the food and feel the fabrics. Everything was very well described without over doing it. Just the right amount. This book is really hard to review because there is so much going on and I don’t want to spoil it. Shahrzad, I really enjoyed her ,she is strong , honest ( mostly ) and knows what she wants. Or so she thinks. The more we get to know her the more we see the struggle within her as she falls more and more for Khalid. I kept cheering for her but also at times felt sad for her. Overall she was just great. Khalid was really hard to read but it is clear early on that something big is happening with him and that not all is as it appears. I really love the Khalid that we get to know throughout the book. Tariq. I’m not sure about him but I never really trusted him. I’m also interested to see what is going on with good ole baba Despina and Jalah are the best supporting characters. I loved them both, they brought a lot to the story including humor. I can’t wait to find out more about them.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to book two that I luckily have already, since we left with a cliffhanger. I rate this book 4½ ★