The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh As New Webtoon Series
Just released on Webtoons, Renée Ahdieh’s Shahrzad retelling is the latest YA book to find its way to the online comic site. The first three episodes are up now. Artwork by SilvesterVitale. Webtoons is becoming an increasingly active venue for YA story telling.
Webtoon blurb: Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when Shahrzhad volunteers to marry Khalid. However, Shahrzad has a clever plan – not only to stay alive – but to end the murderous King’s reign of terror once and for all. (Based on the YA novel by Renee Ahdieh.)
About the the Wrath and the Dawn:
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?