Friday, June 17, 2016

Mini Review: The Wrath & The Dawn Series Novellas

In The Wrath & The Dawn series there are two novels and three novellas.  You can see my reviews of the first and second books here and here respectively.  This is a review of the three novellas that have been released in ebook format.  On Barnes & Noble's website you can get all three for $1.99.

The Moth & the Flame (The Wrath & the Dawn #0.25) by Renee Ahdieh
Rating: 4/5

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.

The Crown & the Arrow by (The Wrath & the Dawn #0.5) Renee Ahdieh
Rating: 4/5

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.

The Mirror & the Maze (The Wrath & the Dawn #1.5) by Renee Ahdieh
Rating: 3/5

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.

I loved this series so much, but I didn't enjoy the novellas as much.  They were nice little insights into different characters' minds, but I believe that if an author wanted to show those sides they should have in the original books.

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