Title:A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings
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.
First off- can we talk about that cover?! So beautifully done! I am absolutely in love with this cover, and for me presentation speaks a lot about books. Yes, I judge a book by it’s cover. I can’t help it.
This book just has a magic that’s ongoing that you cannot wait for it to be revealed to you. It has you entranced by it from the first few pages. You want to ensure that Lady Bless is kept alive. I honestly devoured this book. The way Johnston has developed the story line keeps you in this magical world of the story.
It reminds me of fairy tales that I used to be obsessed with as a kid, but to be honest, with this novel, I am re-obsessed with it. If you need to get lost into a story, I would recommend this one. I feel as though if I say too much I may give away parts of the story.
I really enjoyed how Johnston really valued the family aspect and the bond between sisters within this novel. I haven’t read any books lately that really showed the bond between family, and this aspect I really enjoyed, although I do not have a sister, this book made me wish I had one. The book really showed how selfless love is such a trait we do not hold up high enough.
I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. Go read it.
Please note, all opinions are my own.