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A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Goodreads Summary: 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. But back 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 in it’s place. 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 sets and rises, 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. The words she speaks to him every night are given strange life of their own. She makes things appear. 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 rule of a monster.
Review: I decided to DNF at 36% of the book. Everything I have to say only includes what I read. It just really wasn’t holding my interest. The writing was beautiful but that was about it. There was little to no character development. Very little dialogue. I like having dialogue and interaction between characters so this was pretty hard for me to take in a novel. In addition to that, there is really only one character who’s name is revealed and that is Lo-Melkhiin. This retelling of A Thousand And One Nights is no where near as good as The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh’s retelling. Now there were people who did like this book so I just have to say that the book wasn’t for me.