The Moth & The Flame | The Crown & The Arrow by Renée Ahdieh

the moth and the flameAuthor: Renée Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy, Short Story Young Adult

Links: Goodreads | Amazon 

Goodreads Synopsis: 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 crown and the arrow

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy, Short Story Young Adult

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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I am beyond excited for The Rose and The Dagger which is coming out this month!! Renée Ahdieh has blessed us, the readers, with two short stories.

I’ll start off with The Moth and The Flame.  I really liked Despina in The Wrath and The Dawn, and I was pleased with this novella. The story starts off with Despina’s pov and she has recently been promoted to a handmaiden. Jalal tries to hit on Despina, but she brushes him off. I loved it! When I read the The Wrath and The Dawn, I wanted to know Despina’s history with Jalal. Despina and Jalal are my second favorite pairing. One of my favorite moments is the garden scene.

And for a single moment, they forgot who they both were. The Captain of the Royal Guard. And the queen’s handmaiden. It was she who kissed him first. Without thought. Without warning. Her lips found his.

I can’t wait to read more about Despina and Jalal. Those two forbidden lovers need their happiness. I am crossing my fingers that their love can surpass all odds. Here’s another cute moment between those two:

The Captain of the Royal Guard wants to impress a lowly handmaiden?

A clumsy young man wants to impress a beautiful young woman. The question is, did it work?

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If I had to pick from which two of the short stories to read, I suggest The Moth and The Flame just because the other one is less than ten pages. That’s right, The Crown and The Arrow is less than ten pages. The Crown and The Arrow is told in Khalid’s perspective and it does not satisfy my needs! It didn’t add much to the story overall and it’s so short.

“Do not fear what the setting sun may bring. Where there is a setting sun, there is also a rising one.”

I would have liked more of a backstory for Khalid.  *Sighs*

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


5 thoughts on “The Moth & The Flame | The Crown & The Arrow by Renée Ahdieh

  1. I love Jalal and Despina together. Absolutely ship them!
    I had no idea The Crown & Arrow was only 10 pages long. Only 10 pages of Khalid. Whaaat 😭

    • Jalal and Despina are my favorite! I love those two, just as much as the protagonists. I wanted The Crown & The Arrow to be longer. I love Khalid 😉

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