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.
Even though The Wrath and The Dawn kept me craving for more, I didn’t know there were novellas. I spent weeks battling a book hangover due to the first book in the series and never did I find out that there was more of Khalid out there…
So imagine the hype I went through when a friend of mine, whom I recommended the book to, texted me that there was a short story about Khalid available.
This short story -very short story- follows Khalid during the moment he meets Sharzhad for the very first time. Now, we’ve been inside his head before during The Wrath and The Dawn but getting into his head during this moment gives us so much more insight to him as a person. We find out why he came to meet her alone the first night. We find out why he’s interested in why she came.
I love it. Khalid is so precious. His character so rich.
I need more….
Is it May 3rd yet?