Title: The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Number: 18
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.
3 out of 5 stars
This novella was so short, and I just wish that it was longer. I liked getting to see inside Khalid’s head because you never got his perspective at the beginning of the series. You saw his initial reaction to Sharzhad which was fun, but it also kind of broke my heart because I don’t want to see them not together.
Khalid is such a broken soul and Sharzhad helped him through one of the hardest times in his life, so seeing him before he knew here just made me sad :( I honestly don’t think this was a necessary novella because his perspective wasn’t really anything I would have thought unique. I knew that he was apprehensive about her at first. Of course he would be. He also thought she was beautiful right away which didn’t change throughout the story. So I don’t know.
I like being back in this world because this was a great series, but I don’t know if I would spend money on this novella like I did. It’s not really anything special. It was still good, but not anything special.
I only have one more novella and then I’m done with this series! Go me :) I’ll try and have the final review up soon!