Book Title: The Moth And The Flame
Book Series: The Wrath And The Dawn book 0.25
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Date Published: March 2016
Summary: 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.
This is a novella or an accompaniment of The Wrath And The Dawn novel. A short story told on Despina’s events, Shazi’s handmaiden. I literally enjoyed reading this novella because it made me see things much clearer. For one, this novella made me see clearer the life Ava, the first queen and wife of Khalid, had when she was still alive. I felt her loneliness, unsureness, and disconnection. It gave me that feeling that there is something wrong, but not sure of it… until she’s gone. Then it also made me see the ripples it did in the palace — most especially a hint as to what happened when Khalid came back from his visit to Ava’s father. If you’ve read The Wrath And The Dawn where it was explained the whole mess with Ava’s father that took place after her death but it’s interesting to see or feel that brewing chaos that was yet to come. I also enjoyed Despina’s and Jalal’s flirting. Well, this novella is perhaps the longest novella amongst The Crown And The Arrow and The Mirror and The Maze — which I liked. I wished all 3 of them were somehow this longer.