A Thousand Nights

A Thousand Nights

by E. K. Johnston

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A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

2016 Governor General's Literary Award Finalist for Young People's Literature—Text

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484722275
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 548,854
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

E. K. Johnston is a forensic archaeologist by training, a book seller and author by trade, and a grammarian by nature. She spends a great deal of time on the Internet because it is less expensive than going to Scotland. She can probably tell you, to the instant, when she fell in love with any particular song; but don't ask her, because then it will be stuck in both of your heads.

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A Thousand Nights 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: http://asdreamsaremade.com/2015/10/book-tuesday-a-thousand-nights/ I hate to say it, but this retelling of the Scheherazade or One Thousand and One Nights just fell short. I know a lot of people have been comparing it to The Wrath and the Dawn, another retelling of the same legend, but I was “eh” about that one as well. The king, Lo-Melkhin, takes a new wife from various villages after he murders his current wife. The MC’s beautiful sister is sure to be next in his long list of murders, but she is determined not to let that happen, even if she has to go in her place. Ok. Can I just say, what is with the whole no names thing?! With the exception of a select few, everybody was referred to as their roles i.e. “sister” or Mother of my heart”. I understand that the author was trying to create anonymity (or at least that’s what I thought she was doing), but in reality it just made the characters one-dimensional and non-memorable. The writing, although meant to be beautiful and descriptive just dragged for me since the story seemed detached at times. Certain aspects of the plot were disjointed and felt that they came out of nowhere especially concerning the magic and some of the world building. It felt like characters gained powers out of nowhere and they weren’t explained very well, leaving you to wonder what was happening half the time. The romance was implied, but practically non-existent. It wasn’t based in any type of interaction or real affection so it was hard to emotionally invest in it. I don’t know if it’s just me, but so far the two retellings I’ve read of this legend have been less than stellar. I know I’m probably one of the minority in my opinion of this book, but I can’t help it! If I were you, I’d skip this one and look for a story with a little more…well…more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read- I didn’t want to put it down once I started and the detail in descriptions was awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really hate to give this book a poor review, because the actual story itself is not that bad. The idea is there, it just wasn't fully fleshed out. Read my full review here: https://scrutinizingmasochists.blogspot.ca/2018/02/yay-or-nay-thousand-nights-novel.html
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
This is another retelling of Arabian Nights. I have read countless ones before this, my favorite being The Wrath and The Dawn. I don't think that anything could top that for me but this takes a close second! I found this to be a little slower than other retellings but there is a difference in plot towards the end that made it interesting. I feel like comparing two different authors with the same retelling isn't fair because they both have their own unique take on the tale. I will say that this book was very magical and an enjoyable read for me!
DCCM More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of my favorite books! EK Johnston is a masterful storyteller. The prose is rich and imaginative, the story is gripping. Get this book now!
Adriyanna More than 1 year ago
A gorgeous, magical story! Johnston’s words are beautiful and powerful, and in that respect similar to her protagonist – her storytelling becomes her power. There were some lines that were so poetic, in that I could see so much in just one sentence. Although confusing at first, I liked that the reader wasn’t privy to the majority of the characters’ names, except for Lo-Melkhiin and a couple secondary characters (though I think the reader was given their titles, not their actual names). It made me think of when legends and stories are passed down through generations, and told far and wide, the names change but the stories remain the same (just look up the similarities of Mesopotamian myths to biblical stories). Adding to that, this is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, and while Johnston keeps the essence of the story the same, she brings to life her own characters. The lack of names also creates a sense of mystery – this could be our world but it could also be some other fantasy world, one that only Johnston knows and can share all of its mysteries and secrets. The reader is given a small glimpse of this world – we know there’s something beyond the horizon, but the possibilities are limitless. There’s not a lot of romance, but I didn’t mind that. The protagonist marries the king to save her sister – and she’s really a prisoner, trying to find some power to defeat the demon that is the king. Adding romance to that wouldn’t work and I couldn’t see that being published in the YA section. One of my only dislikes was that sometimes I would drift off and get bored. At times the plot moved too slow for me and had me wondering if the author had enough room to wrap everything up. Although enjoyable, it wasn’t quite what I’d imagined. The ending was really beautiful and completely satisfying! I’ve heard there’s a companion novel to this book and am looking forward to reading that. Johnston is a talented writer and so far I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read by her.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I didn’t like this book that much. I thought the idea for the story was fabulous but I felt the execution a little bland. I know this is a re-imagining so I can’t say how similar it is. I felt like this story didn’t have much emotions in the words, to me, it felt like how a monotone person would speak. I just felt bored most of the time reading, so much so, that I started to skim after 3/4 the way through. What I like: *The main character. She was brave, selfless, smart, and understanding (I can’t remember if the book said her name) *The description of the land and the life they lived Dislikes: *How unbelievably slow the book went *Confused when the visions and magic came? Most of the time I didn’t realized what was happening *Never fully disclosed what was in Lo-Melkhiin was. Mentions of demon but I don’t think it really said *Hated the term my father’s father’s father - why couldn’t great grandfather or ancestor be used? So yeah, I like the idea but didn’t enjoy the book.
JollyRogerBooks More than 1 year ago
So A Thousand Nights is a retelling of 1001 nights. Yes somewhat like Renee Ahdieh's The Wrath and The Dawn. Except this book is completely different. Do not fear at all that it will seem like a copy if you read this second. The only similarity is the whole beginning premise of man marries then kills his wives. The backstories are completely different and the mythology even has different vibes to it. THis book is actually really intriguing and different. For one thing, the Main Character doesn't have a name. She is always referred to by some kind of title, Lady-Blessed etc. Very few characters actually have a true name in this story. People who have a hard time remembering names will quite enjoy this book. The elements of magic and mythology are really abound in this book and i love how subtle they are. You slowly learn and evolve with the MC as she experiences all these new things. It really adds to the plot and whole retelling in general. Each character's backstory is really quite interesting as well. We get quite a bit of backstory and emotion to the MC"s family and it really adds an extra level to the story and the character in general. While the plot is really intriguing and the characters are unique, the romance kind of falls flat. It really isnt as pretty and sexy as the romance between Shazi & Khalid in TWATD. While I try not to compare books and romances, but this really didn't have much romance to it at all. I would recommend this book for people who really liked TWATD or The Star- Touched queen.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
A Thousand Nights is retelling of the Arabian Nights/1001 Nights story. We have a main character female, who is not named...ever, as the star of the book. She knows that her small village/group is next on the Kings list to visit to pick a wife. Big deal right? Well, it is! See, the King marries girls and then they DIE - usually only after one night. And our main character just knows deep down in her heart that her sister is going to be the next one he weds. So naturally our heroine CANNOT let this happen to her sister so she devises a way to make herself look more attractive to him when he comes so that he chooses her over her sister. Then off they go! But then she doesn't die that night. Nor the next...or the one after that.... So. I will say that I liked this story well enough, but I did not love it. There was just nothing in it that really made me have the NEED to get this story finished. I merely kept going to finish it. Nothing was really pulling me forward as far as the story was concerned. For the most part, honestly, I found the story to be kind of flat and one dimensional. Pleasant but not exciting. It almost felt like nothing was really happening a good portion of the time. Then you have the way the story is written, which is definitely different. It is almost a calming voice (at least in my head it sounded that way). It did take me a little bit to get used to it. There are only like 2 or 3 people with actual names. The rest of them are my mother's mother, my sister's mother, my mother's mother's mother.. etc. It can be kind of confusing at first, but you do get the hang of it after awhile, I promise. Other than that it is a rather magical world. Sometimes it can be a little hard to decipher if she is in a trance, having a vision, or if it is happening, but the sense of wonder and magic is always in there. This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: In A THOUSAND NIGHTS shines a magical adaptation of an ancient tale depicting a murderous king, a clever woman, and the mysterious world of sand and stars. Where three hundred girls before her have died love, faith, and magic fill and sustain her for one thousand nights as she learns the difference between life and living. E.K. Johnston writes her adaptation beautifully blending contemporary aspects into a very old story while simultaneously maintaining the charm, elegance, and etiquette of an old language and its culture’s customs. She doesn’t try to twist anything around or sprinkle in pop culture trends, no everything she chose to write and envelope in her story stood for the pure purpose of unveiling a new facet, shedding a new light, and sharing a new telling of the same old fantastic tale. Whether or not you’re a fan of 1001 Nights, Aladdin, Eastern culture, legends and fairy tales, or golden classics hidden on dusty shelves I’d recommend this book for its core is filled with love, action, death, magic, fear, and sacrifice (and who would want to miss out on all of that?). E.K. Johnston’s A THOUSAND NIGHTS stands on its own two feet amongst the hundreds of renditions of this ancient but ever captivating story. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2015/11/24/a-thousand-nights/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy flowing story with an exotic setting. A pleasure to read.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Lo-Melkhiin has married many times. He has already killed three hundred girls when he arrives at a village in the desert looking for a new wife. One girl knows he will want only the loviest girl has his new bride. She knows he will want her sister. To make sure her sister is safe, she ensures that she will be taken in her place. She knows that she will die soon but it will be worthwhile because her sister will live. In their village she will become a smallgod; a legend to whom her relatives and ancestors will send their prayers. But she doesn't die her first night in the palace. Nor the next. Instead, she uses her precious, unexpected time to make sense of the dangers and beauties she finds in the palace. Everyone agrees that Lo-Melkhiin is a good ruler. Many claim he was a good man once. No one knows what went wrong. No one knows how to change it. His newest bride might have the power to save Lo-Melkhiin and the kingdom. But only if she can stay alive in A Thousand Nights (2015) by E. K. Johnston. Johnston stays true to the oral tradition of fairy tales in this retelling of "One thousand and One Nights" complete with the subtle changes and omissions that come from many, many tellings. Because of that it is fitting that most of the characters in A Thousand Nights have no names. This story is also subverts many fairy tale conventions and gender roles by placing a girl not only as the protagonist but also as the hero and driving force of the story--a theme that is further underscored by this girl at the center of the novel having no name of her own. A Thousand Nights is a quiet, understated book. Although it lacks the flash and fanfare of high action, it more than makes up for that with thoughtfully developed characters and provocative introspection throughout. The novel includes a strong emphasis on craft--the power that comes from making something both with intangible things like words in stories and also with more physical creations including embroidery, weaving, and sculpture. With subversive themes and a strong feminist thread, Johnston creates a retelling that impressively transcends its source material to become something new. Lyrical writing and evocative descriptions complete the spell that is A Thousand Nights. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst, The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin, Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner *This book was acquired for review consideration from the publisher at BEA 2015*
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars (Liked it a lot) I wanted to read A Thousand Nights because the premise of being a good storyteller being the thing that helps her to survive in the wake of thousands of dead wives at the hands of Lo-Melkhiin. The sound of the main character putting her life up as tribute rather than the otherwise obvious choice of her beautiful sister shows me a lot about her priorities, and I love when family is one of the driving forces behind the development. Also, the sister left behind weaving the subtle magic trying to help her sister who volunteered to go in her place at home only strengthened that. The desert setting was fascinating. I am not sure that I have read anything quite like it. But living surrounded by sand sets up a very different way of life than being in a more normal setting of country or city. The ways of survival are so different as well as the feel of the middle east with family formation being different (multiple spouses, the importance of sons and carrying on family name). I loved the strength of the main character, as well as her intelligence. She realized so much about LoMelkhiin and the qasr. She made friends wherever she went although at first everyone seemed to avoid her, because I am sure they got attached to other wives only for them to die as well. But her mysterious power is a match for LoMelkhiin. She is the only one that realized and could confirm that he had been possessed by a powerful being, but she and his mom believed that there was still a part of the original LoMelkhiin still in there, fighting against. I was captivated by the story, but it wasn't one that I could get fully immersed in because I would want to stop and think. I like that romance wasn't really the forefront. She wanted to meet the real LoMelkhiin, but she def didn't love the demon that had taken over. It is more about family, friendship, politics to some extent, and magic. I thought that is was going to be a cliffie ending for sure, but I love how it was wrapped up. The ending surprised me in a good way, because I wasn't sure how it was going to possibly wrap everything up, but it did, and I was happy with it. Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. Bottom Line: Great main character, and themes with a bit slower pace.
Amber_Elise More than 1 year ago
A Thousand Nights was not what I expected when I initially requested this title, but its prose and unique characters pulled me in nonetheless. Plot: Much like the tale of Shahrazad, our main character is plucked from her desert home and forced into the quasr of her cruel king and husband. Only her wits and story-telling abilities help her live to the next day. This is where the similarities between Arabian Nights and A Thousand Nights end. Interestingly enough, the main character's name is not revealed until the final pages. Actually no one has a name except Lo-Melkhiin, the ruler, and the main character's husband. Everyone else is referred to in regards to their relationship status (ie my father's father's father, mother of my heart) or station in life (the servant girl, the sculptor). It takes some time to get used to, but I thought that the use of formal titles matched the prose and helped the novel read more like a folklore. Characters: As I said earlier, none of the characters, save Lo-Melkhiim, have names which strangely did not detract from the novel. A Thousand Nights is told from two perspectives, the main character and Lo-Melkhiin at times. I know it's hard not to imagine an epic romance between the two in which our defiant MC melts Lo-Melkhiin's icy heart and they live happily ever after, but please do not hold your breath. Romance has no place in this novel as our main character tries to solve the mystery of Lo-Melkhiin's murderous rampage and control the new power that has come into. World Building: If A Thousand Nights has taught me anything, it's that I need to read more books about the desert! E.K Johnston's colorful description of the unforgiving desert life painted a vivid picture of the beauty and terror of our main character's home. Short N Sweet: A Thousand Nights is unconventional, but that's what makes it so special!
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I was expecting to like this book a lot more than I did. That cover is gorgeous, and I was so excited for a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, but sadly I felt that it did not live up. (Most people have this issue because they've also read The Wrath and the Dawn, and either felt that it was too similar, or not as good. I haven't yet, if that means anything). There are no names mentioned in this story, except for Lo-Melkhiin's. While I can understand the point and what the author was trying to do with that, it was a little confusing. However, it did not detract much from the story telling. It is time for Lo-Melkhiin to take a wife from their village, and everyone is sure he is going to take the narrator's sister. So, she takes her place. Our narrator is not as beautiful or graceful or talented as her sister, but she can do one thing: weave stories. I'm not exactly sure what my problem was with this story. There was nothing specifically big, but just little things that added up. The characters fell flat. If they don't have names, they need to be very distinguished, and I did not feel that. The magical aspect of this story was confusing. I realize our narrator herself doesn't understand what's going on for most of it, but I felt lost and wasn't able to fully enjoy the story. I did enjoy the parts from our other narrator. Won't say who because spoilers, but I felt that added an interesting dimension to the story. However, for the rest of the story, I felt that it was just flat and anticlimactic. While I did read to know what happened to Lo-Melkhiin, I wasn't excited about any of the other characters. I'm also not sure how I feel about the ending. A lot of stuff happens in this novel, and although it did keep my attention, and the writing was vivid, I couldn't fully immerse myself in this novel. I think it had a lot of potential, but I don't think it fully lived up to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review from my blog: http://thebook-nook.weebly.com/home/a-thousand-nights-by-ek-johnston The Book-Nook Sums It Up: The style of A Thousand Nights is the exact opposite of what I look for in a book, but I still enjoyed it. Pretty in Prose Everything I'd heard about this book was like a warning sign for me to run the other way: Long, dense descriptions and elegant prose. I cannot stand slow, prettily written books. Character relationships are kind of a huge deal to me. Here, you will barely know who these people are. You don't even know who anyone's freaking name is, except Lo-Melkhiin's. This isn't a result of poor writing, but rather it's a stylistic choice. This is an ancient story. Readers are only getting pieces of the text that have survived the years. A magic system with little structure. I don't like magic to be too rigid, but I want to know some of the rules. The Harry Potter books do an excellent job of providing strict rules for the magical world, yet leaving other aspects vague to preserve some of the charm. So. Many. Pretty. Descriptions. Why did I read this then? Probably because it's a new release and I was sold on the premise. So I read it and...it's not my style, but I still enjoyed it. The reason why I cannot stand "pretty prose" is because within the beautiful writing I lose sight of the plot, like in The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. (I KNOW. I'm sorry but I just couldn't. Please don't tar and feather me.) A Thousand Nights is more than just pretty words. In this version of the classic story, Lo-Melkhiin kills his brides because he's been possessed by a demon. The protagonist possesses magical abilities, and uses them to combat her husband. The result is a battle between a dangerous demon and a young girl who is more than her meek demeanor. I won't say that I didn't struggle with this book. I did at times. However, the fact that I stuck through it says more than anything else. It's well written and interesting, just not my style. I believe saying that the writing in The Hunger Games never fails to blow me away will give you an idea of why this book isn't the best fit for me. While I wouldn't call this book up for another date, I think we had a great time together. And to fans of pretty prose, you're gonna love it.
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
4 stars* "The pieces of the tale I knew came quickly to me, the ones shaped like my sister and the ones to which could be shaped. They flew about me, and I plucked them from the air." Wow. A Thousand Nights was intricately written and beautiful and something that will stick with me for a long while. There’s writing that gets you from point A to point B (ASAP), writing that grabs your hand and takes you along on a journey, and a whole lot of writing that’s in-between. (All of them are nice and have their perfect time in a reader’s life, obviously.) A Thousand Nights, however, is one of the, “take-my-hand, we’re-going-on-a-journey” reads—the kind you can’t be in the mood to rush, because appreciation of the delicate (though powerful) writing will undoubtedly be lost if you hurry. In fact, it's the kind that makes you stop and read sentences out loud, at times, because they’re so strong (and pretty). It’s the kind of writing that makes you wonder just how long the author worked on the thing, as even with so much of the details being foreign, you find none of it confusing. Last, it's the kind of reading that if, perhaps, you're like me, you'll find awed you and kept you *so* enthralled, you didn't even notice certain things were or were not there (not going to give specifics, because, oddly enough, I didn't even realize this had happened until I finished reading and others had mentioned it in their reviews). “Yes, but a knowing mind is a closed one,” he said to me. So much wisdom in this story, so much strength. My suggestion? Grab A Thousand Nights, put on your favorite reading clothes, gather your best snacks and/or drinks, make yourself comfy, clear your mind of expectations, and sit back, relax, and allow E. K. to spin her story. It’s a journey you’ll be glad you went on, and disappointed to see come to an end. E.K.’s work is lovely, and I will be making a mad dash to read whatever she writes in the future. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good overall, but it did have some slow parts. I ended up giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Thank you Netgalley for approving my request in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed learning about another culture and seeing a spin off the old One Thousand and One Nights tale that I honestly don’t have much background on. I think the author did a good job with the story overall. I just wish it had been a little faster paced to keep my interest. Another thing I didn’t really like was that a lot of the characters didn’t get names. They were just referred to as ‘my sister’, ‘my father’, ‘my brothers’, etc. I found them a little harder to connect to because of that. I think the author did a great job with the setting. I really felt like I was in the desert with the characters, watching the story unfold. She also did a great job with the characters, even if I didn’t like the fact that pretty much no one had names except a few males. I thought the relationships that the females in the book formed were great. I loved seeing strong female characters come together to overcome obstacles in their lives. I especially loved the relationship between the main character and her sister, even though they’re separated physically throughout most of the book. As I only know the basics of the original tale, I wasn’t entirely sure if the supernatural/fantasy twist was something the author made up. If so, that was an interesting spin. I honestly think the book could have been a little shorter. It would have helped the book’s pacing and kept readers more engaged. Maybe a little more action could have helped as well. I didn’t mark down any favorite lines as I was reading, but there was one towards the very end that I enjoyed: “The words change language, and meaning is lost and gained in every vowel’s shift. They change the monster into a man, and they change her into something that can be used to teach a lesson: if you are clever and if you are good, the monster will not have you.” Final note: It was an interesting book & I loved learning about another culture. I just felt it was too slow for me to really love it. You should definitely check it out if you love learning about another culture & like a supernatural/fantasy twist.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: October 6, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: What was everyone's issue with this book? Before diving into it, I had seen people on Twitter and Goodreads complaining that it was just a pale comparison of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, that it was too similar but not nearly as good. Is that so? I didn't find it so at all. A Thousand Nights and The Wrath and the Dawn are both retellings of One Thousand and One Nights, and they are both published in the same year, but they are vastly different. This review isn't meant to be a comparison of the two! It's just that so many other reviewers have been complaining of the similarities, and I want to hopefully dispel that notion! Lo-Melkhiin has taken a new wife, one that took the place of her sister. Her sister is more beautiful and everyone watches her, but no one watches the second sister. So she does everything she can to stand out, so that her sister will not be taken. And she is. Lo-Melkhiin comes to her that wedding night, and does nothing more than take her hands. She lives one night, and another night, and another. Soon she is queen, but she knows that something is not right with Lo-Melkhiin. He is not the same man who went out in the desert years ago, and returned with cruelty in his heart. She must stop him, and with a power she is slowly discovering, she will fight for her life, before he takes it from her. We have a nameless heroine! In fact, the only person who has a name in this book is Lo-Melkhiin. There is "Lo-Melkhiin's mother", "wife", "my sister", "my father", etc. I thought this was interesting, and I didn't realize that not even the heroine was unnamed, until the very end of the book. Rarely do you come across books that feature a nameless protagonist! Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Na