Wednesday, February 28

Triple Review: The Wrath and the Dawn Novellas

The Moth and the Flame (Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)
Renee Ahdieh

Published By: Putnam Books
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Date Read: January 13, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28574949-the-moth-the-flame
From Goodreads:
It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake—the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury—who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind

I've had The Wrath and the Dawn on my to be read list for such a long long time. When I saw these prequel novellas I decided that I would read them before diving in. I am so glad that I did because I really enjoyed The Moth and the Flame.

The Moth and Flame follows Despina, a handmaiden in the Caliph's palace. She finds herself drawn to the Captain of the Guard, Jalal and although he is the epitome of player she finds herself falling for him.

I really enjoyed this short story about Despina and Jalal. I loved their relationship and I have high hopes of seeing them get a happy ending in this series as well as the main characters. I loved them. Alongside their secret love story I loved the hints that we were getting that I'm sure will make more sense when I have read The Wrath and the Dawn. This novella made me incredibly curious and intrigued as to what happened and I absolutely cannot wait to read The Wrath and the Dawn.




 The Crown and the Arrow (Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)
Renee Ahdieh

Published By: Putnam Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Date Read: January 12, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28574935-the-crown-the-arrow
From Goodreads:
Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn’t know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn’t she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife’s chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.

After finishing The Moth and the Flame, I couldn't wait to read the other prequel novella. I am, once again, really glad that I read The Crown and the Arrow before jumping into The Wrath and the Dawn. I really enjoyed it, though it was a bit on the short side.

The Crown and the Arrow is set a while after The Moth and the Flame and it is told from the point of view of Khalid, the Caliph. Khalid is just about to meet his new wife and is shocked to find that she volunteered to be his wife. He is overtaken by the thought of this girl not being afraid of him... why would she volunteer to die?

I really enjoyed The Crown and the Arrow. I was really excited to see it was from Khalid's perspective as I knew the 'monster' king in this series was not going to really be evil and I am glad I got the chance to read this before reading The Wrath and the Dawn as I feel I already had an insight into Khalid's character and situation before meeting him properly.

The only thing I didn't like about this novella was that it was very short... I mean, it only took me 10 minutes to read it. I'd have liked for it to go on a little bit longer.


Mirror and the Maze (Wrath and the Dawn #1.5)
Renee Ahdieh

Published By: Putnam Books
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Date Read: January 19, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28668275-the-mirror-the-maze
From Goodreads:
The city of Rey is burning. With smoke billowing, fires blazing and his people fleeing, Khalid races back to defend his city, and protect his queen. But Khalid is too late to do either. He and his men arrive to find the city in ruins, nothing but a maze of destruction, and Shahrzad is gone. But who could have wrought such devastation? Khalid fears he may already know the answer, the price of choosing love over the people of Rey all too evident.

As soon as I finished The Wrath and the Dawn I jumped straight into the novella, The Mirror and the Maze. I seriously can't get enough of this amazing series and after that insane ending of The Wrath and the Dawn, I needed more. I was a little dismayed to realise that this novella was only 11 pages long. It was way too short for my liking.

The Mirror and the Maze is once again told from Khalid's point of view and it tells the story of him racing home during the awful storm that is wrecking havoc on his country to find his beloved wife gone.

I absolutely love The Wrath and the Dawn series and I honestly cannot get enough of this world and these characters but I have to admit I was a little let down by this novella. It really had the potential to show Khalid's love for Sharzhad and his heartbreak and having to let he go for the good of his country. Instead we were given 11 pages with maybe 2 or 3 lines of dialogue between Khalid and Jalal. I really expected more and was really let down.

The Mirror and the Maze was so short I don't really feel like it added anything at all to the series. It could have, but it was so short and really could have been added as a mini-prequel to the next book. It didn't add anything to the characterisation of Khalid, nor did it add anything to the storyline so unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. However, saying that I cannot wait to jump into The Rose and the Dagger.

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