Flash Review: The Moth & The Flame + The Crown & The Arrow


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Title: The Moth & The Flame
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & The Dawn
Book #: 0.25
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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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.

Source: Goodreads

Title: The Crown & The Arrow
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & The Dawn
Book #: 0.5
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

My Rating: 



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.


The Moth & The Flame

I really enjoyed this novella. It was so interesting and as I said in my review of The Wrath & The Dawn, I really like Jalal and Despina.

Everything about Jalal's and Despina's love is perfection. They seemed to be handmade for eachother. They are both stubborn, have wit and their overall personality seems to complement the other's perfectly. I really need a full lenght novel about them ASAP.

So if you love them as much as I do and you wanna know exactly how did they met and fell in love this is the novella for you.

If I have a complaint about this novella, is that it doesn't really get into much detail about Khalid's first calipha. I need to know more about her and what was going through her head.

The Crown & The Arrow

Seeing through Khalid's eyes is a breath of fresh air when in comparison with Shazi's. Yes they can't be compared because they come from different walks of life but still. He is precise and he doesn't have Shazi's annoying feature of being snappy, for lack of a better word.

I must admit that I could have lived without this novella though. It was so short that I didn't even have time to enjoy being inside Khalid's head and it would marvelous to have his side of the story told by him aswell.

Have you read them? What did you think?

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