The Mirror and the Maze by Renée Ahdieh
Release date: April 26th, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Length: 7 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
It’s another short (very short…only 7 pages) story by Renée Ahdieh to hold us over to the release of The Rose and the Dagger, which will be on Tuesday. TUESDAY!!! *screams with excitement* That’s only two days away but it feels like forever!
“The city burned bright from leagues away. Khalid could see it just as he and his men made the final turn toward home.”
This story takes place right where The Wrath and the Dawn ended – Rey is burning and Shahrzad has left. Khalid returns to a place in utter chaos and destruction. While only being around 7 pages long, there is so much tension and emotion it’s completely heartbreaking. Khalid blames himself for what happened. He blames himself for finally being happy. It just broke my heart. No, it ripped it out and stomped on it. Poor Khalid. You do deserve to be happy!
“And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold. The fear he’d felt before was nothing now. Nothing compared to the horror of certainty. All this death. All this destruction. My fault.”
There’s no doubt that Ahdieh is a brilliant writer. Being able to portray so much emotion in such a small amount of pages is difficult, but here she does it with ease. Not a single word was wasted. Her writing is magical and beautiful. Again, this novella did exactly what it was supposed to: get me excited to read The Rose and the Dagger. I’m hooked and can’t get enough of these characters and their world. IS IT TUESDAY YET? *sigh*