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431 pages, Hardcover
First published June 5, 2012
God demanded that his leaders rule with justice, but what if they did not?... Must we fear draw a breath?If you wanted but didn't get a really awesome immersive Middle Eastern setting from The Wrath and the Dawn, then this is your book. Granted, it is adult historical fiction without a lot of romance, the narrator is a eunuch, and there's a whole lot more politics, which is confusing to follow, and there really isn't that much of a happy ending, it's a really good book with not that many flaws and I highly recommend it.
At dawn, a weak, useless, sun fialed to brighten the dim sky.As it always is, there's a certain quality to the writing that makes it exceptional. Initially - I guess it was a culture thing - I felt like the characters were a bit insincere in all their poetic flattery, but I got used to it and somehow it didn't seem awkward or dorky the way she always threw in lots of exclamation points in her dialogue. I know I've read a lot of books with a similar premise as this, but it was done quite well, other than the main character's constant reminding the reader that he has no male private parts with which to do you-know-what. Nevertheless, eunuchs are overlooked, so it was an interesting perspective.
Jalileh and I had no one else, and that knowledge made us treasure each other like priceless pearls plucked from the stormy depths of the Persian Gulf.