The Moth & the Flame by Renee Ahdieh
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.
I wasn’t planning on writing a review for this but changed my mind as I got to the end of it.
I really like Despina as a character. I love that she’s outspoken regardless of her status. Her pregnancy (unfortunately) was incredibly predictable from the beginning of her little banter session with Jalal but I’m interested to see how it plays out. She says that she won’t tell him but obviously it will come out in the end so I guess there’s some drama to look forward.
I don’t know how Jalal will respond to having a child though. That will be interesting.
So I was told by a friend what the first novel is about so I’m looking forward to how the remainder of this series will go. I’m guessing that the main character is the girl who volunteers to marry the caliph at the end of this one?
Because of my peaked interest, I give it 3 stars.
There’s another novella before the first novel so I will be reading that next. Stay tuned 🙂