Original Title: The Crown and the Arrow
Year Published: 2016
Published by: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 9 (no, I’m not joking)
First Sentence: “Strange that it had come to this.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
Just like The Mirror and the Maze this is an extremely short story set in the Wrath and the Dawn universe. It is a sort of prequel and follows Khalid. It focuses on his thoughts and feelings after having a girl volunteering for the position of his wife, and doing so with so much hatred burning in her soul. We can here see how his fascination with Shahrzad starts and it is easy to see how it might turn into love.
Despite this being ridiculously short (9 PAGES) it took my breath away. Khalid is such an amazing character and I love him so (I love Shahrzad too, no doubt). If anything, this is worth reading just to get a look into Khalid’s mind.
Do I recommend it?