The Crown & the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh
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.
I liked having this little glimpse at the caliph but it also left me with a lot of questions. He admits to killing his wives but he feels bad about about, so why is he doing it? And what did he mean about his people being safe? What happened to his mother and father?
I’m certain now that Shahrzad will be the main character in the next novel and I now see what role Despina will play as well.
This one also gets 3 stars.
I’m excited to jump into the novel now. My biggest question right now is why did they let over 70 girls die and how does Shahrzad plan to stop it?