Mini Reviews: The Moth and the Flame | The Crown and the Arrow | The Mirror and the Maze

April-May Book Haul, #1

Title: The Moth and the Flame | The Crown and the Arrow | The Mirror and the Maze

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #0.25 | #0.5 | #1.5

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: March 22nd 2016 | March 1st 2015 | April 26th 2016


Four Stars

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 Moth and the Flame blurb courtesy of

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 Crown and the Arrow blurb courtesy of

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.

– The Mirror and the Maze blurb courtesy of

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

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