My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
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.
Beware spoilers ahead!
Initially I had no intention of reading The Mirror and the Maze. But once I saw that it was available on the publishers website I decided ‘Why not’. I am surprised to say that I actually liked it!
The story begins right after The Wrath and the Dawn with Khalid returning home. Much to Khalid and his men’s surprise they see smoke coming from their home. They get their horses to move faster and eventually make it. Khalid is in shock at the destruction. He’s never seen so much destruction.
Once they make it Khalid spots Jalal and Despina but doesn’t see Shazi anywhere. He hopes off his horse and Jalal hugs him happy to him. Khalid then asks where Shazi is. Jalal replies that Shazi is safe. Khalid losing his temper asks again. Jalal explains that he sent Shazi with Tariq. Knowing that Tariq would protect Shazi. Khalid blows and asks why he did that and Jalal tells Khalid to look around him and see the destruction. Khalid then realizes that he doesn’t have a choice and will have to trust Tariq.
I liked this more than The Moth and the Flame. I guess it’s because it was more interesting and I was worried about their lives. But I still didn’t find this to be 4 star worthy. It was just far too short. Needless to say that I did like it and will be reading The Rose and the Dagger.
Overall this was a good short story! I recommend it to those who want to know what happens before reading the second book. And to fans of the series.