Another quote for today, and for this go round of the Three Days Three Quotes challenge I’m picking three fairytale retellings I love. The first yesterday was A Court of Thorns and Roses – retelling Beauty and the Beast – and today it’s The Wrath and the Dawn – retelling One Thousand and One Nights – a favourite of mine.
Thanks to Brigitte at The Book and The Bone for tagging me in this challenge.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for three consecutive days.
- Nominate three new bloggers each day.
One of my most anticipated releases for this year is The Rose and the Dagger, and I don’t have much longer to wait now. I really loved the relationship between Shahrzad and Khalid, and the way it developed through the whole of the first book. After the way The Wrath and the Dawn ended I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. I really hope Shahrzad and Khalid get their happy ending but I guess I’ll have to wait until May to find out.
I’ve failed you several times. But there was one moment I failed you beyond measure. It was the day we met. The moment I took your hand and you looked at me, with the glory of hate in your eyes. I should have sent you home to your family. But I didn’t. There was honesty in your hatred. Fearlessness in your pain. In your honesty, I saw a reflection of myself. Or rather, of the man I longed to be. So I failed you. I didn’t stay away. Then later, I thought if I had answers, it would be enough. I would no longer care. You would not matter. So I continued failing you. Continued wanting more. And now I can’t find the words to say what must be said. To convey to you the least of what I owe. When I think of you, I can’t find the air to breathe. And now, though you are gone, there is no pain or fear. All I am left with is gratitude.
When I was a boy, my mother would tell me that one of the best things in life is the knowledge that your story isn’t over yet. Our story may have come to a close, but your story is still yet to be told.
Make it a story worthy of you.
I failed you in one last thing. Here is my chance to rectify it. It was never because I didn’t feel it. It was because I swore I would never say it, and a man is nothing if he can’t keep his promises.
So I write it in the sky-
I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.
– The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh