The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

wrath and the dawnThe kingdom of Khorasan is ruled by a monstrous boy-king.  Each night, Khalid Ibn al-Rashid, the Caliph of Khorasan, the King of Kings, takes a new bride.  And on the dawning of each new day, he takes her life.

Sharzad al-Khayzuran is Khalid’s next bride, but she is different from the rest of the young women who have died at dawn.  After the King of Kings cruelly stole her best friend Shiva’s life from the world, all Sharzad can think of is vengeance.  Vengeance for the dozens of lives the caliph has stolen and the dozens of mourning families, but especially for Shiva’s family, including Sharzad’s childhood sweetheart Tariq.  So, with revenge in her heart and hate in her eyes, Sharzad volunteers to be Khalid’s next bride.  She knows she will not survive the night – but, if she has her way, nor will the monster king.

But Khalid is not what, or who, she expected.  Spinning a spell of stories designed to keep the caliph enchanted by her tales and entranced by her beauty, as well as her own self alive past the dawn, Sharzad hopes only to live long enough to discover the caliph’s weaknesses and destroy him.  Instead, she finds herself reluctantly intrigued by the serious, quiet, extraordinarily gifted swordsman and king – a king whose shoulders seem perpetually bowed under the weight of his worry for the welfare of his kingdom and its people.  The same people who weep for their lost daughters and riot in the streets as the list of murdered brides grows longer.

As each new dawn is gifted to her by the caliph, Sharzad begins to see that all is not as it seems on the surface.  Khalid is haunted by a dark secret – a secret so terrifying, he cannot speak of it.  But how can she help the man who murdered her best friend?  And how can she forgive herself for beginning to care about him?

A re-imagining of the 1001 Arabian Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a lushly romantic, sumptuous feast for the senses.  Lose yourself in a world whose long marble halls and plush carpets (and maybe a magic one too!) are scented with roses and lilac, turmeric and mint, and where magic is lurking around every corner.  Absolutely perfect for a long holiday weekend in the sun, you’ll definitely want to add this to your vacation bag!

IT’S MINION TIME!

Bring your kids to the library this Thursday, July 2nd, to see the movie that launched Minion madness.  Despicable Me will be playing at 2 pm in the Foot Room.  It’s free of charge and everyone is invited.

Refresh your memory of the story of Gru, a criminal mastermind who uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, but finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.  The movie is showing just in time for the release of the Minions movie, which premiers on July 10th.  Bring the whole family for a funny, feel good movie on us.  See you there!

 

Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe

lost sunBack in my day (oh so long ago!), books tended to know their place: a mystery was a mystery, science fiction was science fiction, and rarely did the twain combine. Nowadays, genre blending is all the rage. Authors are taking elements from a variety of genres (e.g., romance, fantasy, horror, adventure, etc), mixing them together and creating hugely entertaining books.

One of my favorite combinations is that of the hard-boiled detective novel with fantasy (as one reviewer described it, “Raymond Chandler meets Raymond Feist.”). And one of the best examples of that genre blend is the Eddie Lacrosse series by Alex Bledsoe.

Burn Me Deadly is the second in the series but you don’t need to have read the first. It starts with much the same set-up as Mickey Spillane’s 1952 noir classic, Kiss Me Deadly: the hero, private investigator Eddie Lacrosse stumbles across an injured woman on the road. Bad guys show up, kill her and leave Eddie for dead. The difference, of course, is that Eddie uses a horse instead of a car and carries a sword instead of a gun. Bledsoe does a great job translating a tough guy mystery to a medieval fantasy world. The dialogue is sharp, the action intense and the world building is superior. Highly recommended! (though be advised it is a bit on the noir side)

 

PADDINGTON MOVIE TO PLAY THIS THURSDAY

Take a break from entertaining your kids during these summer days and let us do it for a few hours.  The library will be offering a free showing of the newly released, blockbuster movie Paddington this Thursday, June 25th, at 2 pm in the Foot Room.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.