The Wrath & the Dawn is a very interesting take on the story of “1001 Nights”. The art accompanying this story is also really gorgeous!
|Creators||Original work by: Renée Ahdieh – Art: SilvesterVitale – Adapted by: Stephen Lamm – Assisted by Jean, Madeline C.B., Maria Li, ITSURYUU|
|Novel||Yes, original in English|
|Genre||Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Mature Warning: Murder, Psychological, Romance|
Summary of The Wrath & The Dawn from WebtoonsKhalid, the Caliph, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise.
So it is a suspicious surprise when Shahrzad 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. (A reimagining of 1001 Nights based on the YA novel by Renee Ahdieh.)
This story is really interesting and has multiple layers. I won’t spoil too much here, just take my word it’s worth to read it.
One of the most fascinating parts of the story is the dynamic between Khalid and Shahrzad. It wasn’t love at first sight, far from it. Our heroine even said his touch caused bile to raise in her throat.
That’s a pretty strong reaction to just a touch. Later on they end up falling in love. The journey to reach that point is definitely not rushed, but it’s not insanely slow either. I suppose our caliph became so fascinated with her stories he ended up liking her due to it.
She’s definitely survived longer than anyone else. As time progresses, we find out more about Khalid’s past and even why he killed his wives. It’s honestly quite a sad story. We think of Khalid as a horrible person, but it’s surprising how many layers he has to his personality.
Even Shahrzad is more interesting than other protagonist’s. She’s not a damsel in distress and can handle herself in a fight. It’s such a relief to see that, to be honest. I’m fed up with the damsel in distress trope. She’s a strong character and she suffers the consequences of her choices.
We’ve not even mentioned the art, which is absolutely gorgeous. I love the fact the characters are actually portrayed with darker skin. I’ve noticed with manga series they’re usually afraid to go darker brown, settling for something along the lines of sun-kissed tan. It’s refreshing to see a different take on it.
Shahrzad is also beautiful, but not in a “traditional” sense, I suppose. Her value isn’t in her appearance anyway. Her personality is also pretty darn great. In the earlier chapters she blatantly asks in a sarcastic manner if the caliph will kill her if she doesn’t treasure his gift. Fully well knowing what happens to his wives.
The art can sometimes feel a bit too basic. I miss some of the details we found in the earlier chapters. Shazi’s dress was just so gorgeous and then you look in the later chapters and we just get cloth. It can sometimes feel a bit lacking, like it was rushed.