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 passionatIt 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.
The Moth the Flame 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 haught
This review contains spoilers for The Wrath the Dawn.And Ren e Ahdieh does it again, she managed to make me laugh, tear up, and swoon in just under 6 chapters Her books are seriously impossible to put down.I was reading little snippets here and there while working, which honestly wasn t my brightest idea because I kept thinking of when I could just sit down and read this beautifully written short story And long story long, it was definitely worth the wait.Ren e gave me exactly what I wanted need [...]
3.5 stars Another beautifully written short story from Renee Ahdieh this time about Despina and Jalal, two characters I admire from The Wrath and the Dawn and this story made me adore them both even I m afraid all these love stories are turning me into permanent mush and before that ever happens, I vow that the next book I ll read after this week will be something really hardcore, really tough with lots of deaths and blood P.S Happy early birthday to my friend, Fatima Her birthday is on August [...]
Despina and Jalal are so adorable I loved them so much in The Wrath and the Dawn and this novella made me fall in love with these two even These novellas will actually be the death of me because just like The Crown and the Arrow, this one wasn t even close to being long enough But all the same, I m relieved that it wasn t only 9 pages like the other.I m glad we finally got to see how Despina and Jalal came to be Ever since we find out about Despina s baby, I was ever so curious as to how the sp [...]
Loved seeing of Jalal and Despina
The Moth the FlameThe Maid El Basha,the high captain of guardsDespina JalalThat kind of attraction turns into Love that burnsAn elegant,fun,very short prequel love story between 2 beloved characters from the world of The Wrath the DawnI liked the smart wet and fun Despina so much, I already liked her at the first book anyway, and was glad to read how she liked Jalal.That added some depth into their storyIn other hand It also shows in a side story the First wife for KhaledAva the sweet unfortunat [...]
3.5 starsAlthough these two are my ultimate OTP when it comes to this series trilogy or whatever , this short story was a bit underwhelming Yes, their banter is awesome and they are too wickedly cute to handle butmething was missing I was expecting a bit from the plot and that ending I am looking forward to reading the actual sequel though Can t wait Before reading OMFG I NEED THIS
4.5 stars.ok Jalal and Despina are cute AF, how does a short story manage to leave me with so many feelings I m sure a lot of you saw my Flame in the Mist rant yesterday and today I was lowkey having a crisis and wondering if I imagined how good The Wrath and the Dawn series was so I came across this and decided to see what happened Spoiler alert I loved it The writing was gorgeous as is everything Renee writes and somehow this made me love Despina even than I already did I genuinely love all t [...]
Captain al Khoury Are you Softly, he whispered.Exasperation flared through her, bringing a flush to her cheeks What You re shouting in my ears He held back a grin Softly, my sweet I only liked Jalal in the beginning of The Wrath the Dawn and Despina towards the middle, when she became friends with Shazi I mean, learning about Despina s baby and how she got pregnant made sense I remember Shazi asked her if she was pregnant because she threw up, didn t look well, and wouldn t feel well and she d j [...]
Despina s storyCute but powerful to know this side of the girl I have had an eye for.And about Ava, she has a good soul I pity her so much.
I know now why I waited so long to read this because
Despina and Jalal are adorably perfect for each other This novella only reinstated my love for Renee Ahdieh s masterful storytelling Loved it
4,75 STARS You claim to know everything about women , she began But tell me, Captain al Khoury, do you know my name This was one short read I loved Despina and Jalal They made me laugh so hard.The captain of the guard sauntered closer, a palm resting on the bejeweled hilt of his scimitar His grin bordered on obscene Too knowing Too assured Too arrogant You must be hungry , Despina said.He stopped mid step Pardon You said I was the loveliest sight you d seen all day Despina angeled a hip forward, [...]
GIVE ME MORE OF JALAL AND DESPINA The Moth the Flame tells the story of how Despina first met Jalal when she was given the honorable task of becoming the calipha s handmaiden The short tale started at the time of Khalid s first marriage, with Ava, and ended when Shahrzad arrived at the palace.I finished this novella with a terrible and excruciating feeling It is not enough for me like most novellas out there I want of Jalal and Despina I think this was just a little chunk of their story and tha [...]
And with that, my love for Jalal and Despina has grown even stronger When I heard Renee Ahdieh was releasing a short story from the perspective of Despina and Jalal, I was SO excited and I m happy to say, this did not disappoint It was gorgeously written and gave such a lovely insight into their individual characters and how they met It s made me even excited nervous to see what happens to them in The Rose and the Dagger I have so much love for these two characters.I need Despina and Jalal ple [...]
Omg this was great I love despina and jalal so so much they neeeeeeed their own book I could read about them for 300 pages
Leider ein sehr kurzes Lesevergn gen, h tte mir f r das Geld noch ein paar mehr Seiten gew nscht irgendwie den Blickwinkel und den Zeitpunkt der Geschichte fand ich n mlich wirklich gut
Review posted on Fafa s Book Corner Beware spoilers ahead When I had heard about this short story I was excited I liked Despina and Jalah when I read The Wrath and the Dawn I wanted to know when they first started interacting with each other I am happy to say that I enjoyed this story The book begins in Despina s point of view She was just been promoted to Handmaiden She s to be Ava s handmaiden Despina has noticed that Ava doesn t speak a lot More often than not she s day dreaming She hasn t in [...]
Love love loved getting inside Despina s head The banter between her and Jalal is perfection I could read about these characters forever and be so happy.
Now it was his turn to laugh The sound enveloped her, taking root in her stomach, its warmth curling beneath her skin He s trouble Stay away Since the first moment I knew about this novella, I was aware that I would have given it full 5 stars And so it happened Not a surprise, though, since The Moth and the Flame was centered about two wonderful secondary characters that we already see maybe not enough, would say my shipper heart in The Wrath and the Dawn Despina, the calipha s handmaiden, and J [...]
This short story gives a little history of how Despina and Jalal met and fell in love, before we got to know them on The Wrath the Dawn.We also got a little bit of Ava s story,the cousin and bestfriend of Shazi, as far as I can remember and the last Calipha of Khalid before Shazi volunteered to be the new Calipha of Khorasan.I enjoyed reading this, cause it s so sweet and it focused on Despina,and on how kindhearted she is as a queen s handmaiden,and on how amazing she is as a woman.Reading this [...]
I loved this short story Despina and Jalal are everything I m obsessed with Renee Ahdieh s writing.But can I just have the second book already These little teaser stories are agonizing
Despina and Jalal are adorable
You claim to know everything about women, she began But tell me, Captain al Khoury, do you know my name Jalal was at a loss Her perfume had cloaked his senses Clouded his judgment He hadn t been expecting such a question.An easy one A silly one.One Jalal could not romance his way through The Moth the Flame is from the POV of Jalal Despina and MY GOSH i loved them I loved them both dearly from The Wrath the Dawn Jalal is such a flirt but Loyal to his bones Despina well Despina is Despina, a free [...]
Despina is a beautiful and charming guardian of the garments One who s full of pride, gives herself importance, one who s intelligent Then there sJalal, the son of General Aref al Khoury, the Shahrban of Rey.Jalal found his match.I love how witty and humorous they are It s just that Ifailed to seehow Despina fell for Jalal It was said thatshe isn t like most girlsbut what happened The notorious rake s now a father to her unborn child This book is a quick read Since this is a short story, I assum [...]
The flash of light draw him towards her, like a moth to a flame Final Rating 5 colorful stars The Moth the Flame is one of the three short stories who complement the duology of The Wrath and The Dawn, a retelling of The Arabian Nights This one, in specific, tells us the love story of Jalal and Despina, who I must admit, are my second and third favorite characters of this duology So you probably already guessed that this is my favorite story of all the three But tbh this wasn t enough I need a wh [...]
You claim to know everything about women, she began But tell me, Captain al Khoury, do you know my name Jalal was at a loss Her perfume had cloaked his senses Clouded his judgment He hadn t been expecting such a question.An easy one A silly one.One Jalal could not romance his way through.This novella was incredibly cute I love this otp and their sweet banter Despina is a handmaiden but she speaks to the captain of the guard like she s his equal, and on the level of souls, they are The jessamine [...]
Have I ever mentioned before I m a sucker for love hate love stories and emotional nights Have I ever mentioned before I am utterly in love with Despina I don t know what to do with myself any I need I need to read TRaTD again I need Jalal I need Despina I need .
JALAL.Even his name is beautiful Wow, this was oiwahuahfeuefgougf so beautiful But too short Renee s writing is flawless The characters, the everything about this series, FLAW FREAKIN LESS
Despina and Jalal forevs
It seems like 2016 is the year of short stories for me But what can I do if my favorite authors keep writing them I could be rather eloquent maybe and lengthy knowing me, that s a given , but this time I want to keep it short But gosh, I absolutely loved this short story, so here we go.1 How is it that whatever romantic pairing Ahdieh writes about, I immediately start shipping them like crazy What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl What are you saying I should stop quoting The Wrath and T [...]