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 ★