I received this book for free from Disney-Hyperion, Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights, #1) Series: A Thousand Nights #1
on October 6th 2015
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: Disney-Hyperion, Publisher on NetGallery
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.
Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.
Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston is based on the story of the same name. This is a retelling. Johnston went with more of a magic feel with this book. I think that the story line could have been planned a little better. I wasn’t as engrossed into the story as I would have wanted to be. A Thousand Nights is very slow-paced but yet thoughtful in how it brings its point across. I really liked how Johnston creates anonymous characters. Everyone is unnamed except Lo-Melkhiin and I think this is a very unique way to write this story. Another unique point of view is the romance was removed from the story as a whole which left it open for all the ugliness of what was really going on. I actually enjoyed A Thousand Nights a lot more than I thought I would.