Title: The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Number: 11
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.
3 out of 5 stars
I’m sad that I’m done with this series now because I really enjoyed it. I’m so glad that I read the whole series in a matter of a couple months, and it’s inspired me to do the same with other series, so stay tuned for all of the series reviews coming up :)
This was a good short story, but I wanted more from it. It was so short, so I don’t even know why Renee Ahdieh wrote it, tbh. There wasn’t much you wouldn’t have known. That’s my least favorite thing about these novellas is that it’s exactly what you would have thought had happened. Give me a little extra content.
This novella followed Khalid during the whole shebang that happened right at the end of The Wrath and the Dawn when he found out that Shahrzad left the palace. He was devastated but knew that it was the right thing.
That’s literally it and it fell so flat for me. I ship Shahrzad and Khalid so much and have since the very beginning of the first book, so of course I wanted a novella about them. This was not the novella that I wanted because nothing new happened. He was sad. Of course he was. Idk, it wasn’t a bad story, just not what I wanted.
I was pretty meh about this if I’m being completely honest. I want the feelings that I had while reading The Rose and the Dagger again, though. I’ll have to re-read the duology sometime in the future because it was so guud. YAY FOR COMPLETING A SERIES!