Title: A thousand nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Genre: YA fantasy
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.
I’ve heard a lot about this book and it was on my TBR for so long. When I finally picked it up, I was so disappointed. Allow me to elaborate.
What I didn’t like:
- The book reminded me so much of The Wrath and The Dawn. I checked the release dates, to say it right. This was released after that. The plot is that Lo Melkhiin marries many women one after another and within a month they all die. When he comes to the MC’s village, she’s worried that he’ll pick her sister (who is very beautiful) and therefore dresses up so he picks her.(This just shows how far one can go with make up and good clothes) She stayed alive by telling him stories (just like Shazi in The Wrath and The Dawn) and outlived previous girls.
- The ending was very rushed. I didn’t like it AT ALL.
There were many things which made the world authentic, though.
Overall, I don’t recommend it. Almost everyone who has read The Wrath and The Dawn recognises the story (at least the first half). I just can’t get past that and the ending. Everything else has just fizzled out (I read this quite a while back).