HOLY MOTHER OF PEARLS! It had been 3 hours since I finished The Rose And The Dagger, the second and last book in The Wrath And The Dawn Series but dangggg my head is still reeling from all of that and I was surprised to learn that there were novellas that accompany book 1! If you don’t know what a novella is, novellas are short stories that highlights certain events or parts in the actual novel. Novellas are longer than a short story but is shorter than the novel; it’s kind of like in between. Novellas go deeper to certain facets in that book that actually weren’t truly discussed in depth. So these novellas give another light to a rather semi gray area in the novels.
The books are as follows along with their summaries.
1.) The Crown And The Arrow (The Wrath And The Dawn book 0.5)
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.
2.) The Moth And The Flame (The Wrath And The Dawn book 0.25)
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.
3.) The Mirror And The Maze (The Wrath And The Dawn book 1.5)
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.