Best-Selling YA Fantasy 'The Wrath and the Dawn' Optioned by Imagine

Renee Ahdieh’s book centers on a boy king who executes a new bride each night and the girl determined to avoid that fate.
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Imagine Entertainment has picked up feature film rights to Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn.

The love story, told in the vein of A Thousand and One Nights, centers on the 18-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid, who takes a new bride every dawn only to execute her by sunrise. But when 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid, with a plan to stay alive and exact revenge for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls, she finds herself falling in love with him and that not all is as it seems with the young king. Shahrzad sets out to find the truth and stop the cycle of killing. 

In addition to topping the New York Times' best-seller list, The Wrath and the Dawn was an Amazon, New York Public Library, Seventeen and YALSA best book for 2015. Ahdieh, who lives in North Carolina, is also the author of the best-selling Flame in the Mist.

Erica Huggins will oversee development for Imagine. Ahdieh is repped by APA and the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. 

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