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.
The Crown and the Arrow is truly Renee Ahdieh’s shortest story yet. A mere 11 Kindle pages, it is simply a glimpse into Kahlid’s head. We see him mourn the girls who’ve died because of the curse. Then his curiosity is piqued when he learns the next girl, Shazi, volunteered.
I guess my only complaint was how short this story was. Especially since this is Kahlid we’re talking about.
Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars—more so because of its shortness