The Mirror & The Maze by Renée Ahdieh

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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If you didn’t already know, this short story is available on amazon for free. I suggest you read it before The Rose & The Dagger. What I appreciated about this short story was that it was longer than the previous short story, I’m talking about The Crown & The Arrow. In The Mirror & The Maze, it takes place right after the cliffhanger of The Wrath & The Dawn.

Much of Rey was still burning. Now it was no longer a ruined labyrinth but rather a maze of destruction. A maze to mirror his thoughts – lost. Directionless.

Khalid returns to find his city burning.

Everything and everyone he loved was in that city. His cousin. His uncle. Shahrzad. Everything. Khalid had left everything in Rey.

Shazi is no where in sight. Khalid has a duty to fulfill as a leader, he has to make sure that everyone is safe. Khalid knows that he has to put his people first, it’s his responsibility, even though in his heart, he wants to find Shazi. I loved reading in Khalid’s perspective, and it makes more more excited to read the final book. I felt that this short story could have been the first chapter of The Rose & The Dagger.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐⭐

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