A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lo-Melkhiin has had over 300 wives and all of them have died. He is on his way to the next village and when she sees the dust signaling the approaching group, she devises a plan to ensure that her sister, the loveliest girl in her village, will be spared. Even if it means that she must marry the king and face the death that will follow. She goes into this arrangement with her eyes wide open and she is not the only one surprised when she survives night after night. As she ventures into the palace and begins to form relationships with those around her, she learns truths about this cruel king and they make her question his actions as well as the force of her own stories.
A Thousand Nights is a tale fraught with mysticism and magic. This retelling of a well-loved story will have readers pleasantly surprised with the new twists and turns. I was wondering where the introduction was taking this adventure, but was quickly pulled into the plight of these girls and this troubled world. Johnston has weaved new characters into a timeless tale and reinvigorated a period of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if readers began looking for other stories that take place in this long forgotten nomad time period. Even if you feel you know this story, this book will pull you in and keep you until the end.
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