Exciting news for fans of Renee Ahdieh’s luscious One Thousand and One Nights re-telling: there’s a new The Wrath and the Dawn story, and Bustle has a chapter exclusively for you! We fell in love with The Wrath and the Dawn the moment we set eyes on it last year — and mostly because Shazi is such a beautiful storyteller. The other part, we have to confess, was due to our secret, dangerous attraction to the tormented Khalid. So imagine our joy when we laid our hands on the latest story, only to discover that it’s told from Khalid’s point of view.
Just as we’d made it, breathlessly, to the end of the whirlwind that is The Wrath and the Dawn, Ahdieh’s latest short story, The Crown and the Arrow, is going to bring us right back to Khalid and Shahrzad’s wedding night, where the magic started. This time, we get to see what Khalid really thought when Shazi walked toward him for the very first time. It’s the perfect way to bide our time waiting for the full sequel, The Rose and the Dagger , which is coming this May (aka not soon enough).
The full novella will be released on March 1 (mark your diaries) — but until then, satisfy your Khalid and Shazi shipping needs with this dark and steamy chapter, exclusively on Bustle.
That's what you think, Khalid! I can't wait to see how the rest of this story plays out from Khalid's perspective. Until March 1, you'll find me re-reading this The Crown and the Arrow excerpt on repeat.
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