The Crown and the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh
Release date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Length: 9 pages (on a Kindle)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
I was honestly expecting more. ONLY 9 pages?! I. Need. More! I loved The Wrath and the Dawn and I’m very excited about its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger, which will be released in May. To me it’s shorter than a short story, more like a section that was deleted from the original release. I guess I’ve become spoiled by reading the short stories by Mark Gelineau and Joe King?
The Crown and the Arrow is basically a retelling of a chapter from the first novel from Khalid’s point of view. It describes how he felt when he first met Shahrzad at their wedding and how he became captivated by her fearlessness. While nothing new is revealed about either characters, it did make me want to reread The Wrath and the Dawn. It reminded me how much I enjoy Renee Ahdieh’s writing style and the characters. It most definitely did its job in building excitement around the upcoming sequel.
A second “short story”, The Moth and the Flame, is scheduled to be released on March 22nd. It will tell the love story of Jalal and Despina and hopefully offer the reader more insight into their relationship.