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.
The Mirror and the Maze is Renee Ahdieh’s final short story (from what I can tell) in The Wrath and the Dawn duology. And lo and behold, it’s another Kahlid story! This is another short story, that’s another moment with Kahlid reflecting on all the things that have happened. Since this is technically 1.5 it’s basically taking place right at the end of The Wrath and the Dawn.
We see fire and destruction of his home and worst of all, Shazi is missing. She has left with another boy, Tariq and Kahlid is determined to get her back. Another one that was just too short for me to truly enjoy because I felt like once I got deep into it, it was over.
Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars—again, mostly because of its shortness