Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Three short stories for The Wrath and the Dawn duology have been released on Kindle, each taking place before or between the two books.
The Crown and the Arrow is set right before the story begins, and follows Khalid as he learns that his new wife is actually a volunteer. He is trouble, and at first decides not to care, that she must be crazy, but eventually, he decides to meet her, and we all know how it ended up… I really enjoyed this story, and was really glad to be back into this magical (though bloody) universe. It was really great to read bits and pieces of this through Khalid’s eyes, as, especially at the beginning of TWATD, we don’t know much about him.
I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
The shortest of the stories, The Mirror and the Maze, takes place between The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger, and it basically the moment when Jalal tells Khalid that he sent Sharzad with Tarik. Khalid is furious obviously. This story is a great addition, as once again, it is great to see things through Khalid’s eyes in addition to Sharzad for most of the duology. We also see Khalid deciding that he will dedicate himself to help his city and it is really beautiful. However, it was way too short for my taste!
I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
The last story of this set of novellas is actually the longest, and the first chronologically. It is called The Moth and the Flame. It takes place during Khalid’s first marriage, and is centered around Despina, how she got to work at the palace, how she met Jalal and how they got to know each other, and realise that they were exactly each other’s match. It was very beautiful and moving, and by far my favourite. I always wanted to read more about Despina and Jalal before, and see how they got together, how Despina grew up, got pregnant, and overall became the woman she is in The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. This answered most of my questions and more, and I am absolutely delighted I read it. Actually, I loved it so much I will probably reread it.
And of course, I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
Recommended for: Fans of The Wrath and the Dawn. You should definitely read those stories AFTER completing the duology (which I definitely recommend by the way!)