#0.25 The Moth & the Flame
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.
#0.5 The Crown & the Arrow
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.
#1.5 The Mirror & the Maze
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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While short novella don't help much but if you are waiting for the next one in a series or if the prospect is an inside look into the mind of someone other than the protagonist or it be an untold story in the same universe well then you should definitely see what they have to offer.
For me, while they offer a new look..... they just never seem to satisfy me at all.
In that context the three Wrath and the Dawn novella - The Moth and the Flame, The Crown and the Arrow and The Mirror and the Maze .... Are a persona onto their own. Each provide a new story set in and around Khalid & Shazi's time.
While they don't seem to do much other than make me salivate for more than the few pages that they offer but..... I wouldn't have it any other way.