Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Type: Stand- Alone
Genre: Retelling, Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Hardcover // Won In a Giveaway

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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. 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.

Review: Where do I begin. This book was phenomenal like I just can't even describe how much I enjoyed it. E.K. Johnston is a wonderful writer and an amazing storyteller. Also, the cover is to die for. 

So I haven't read A 1001 Nights so I have no idea if it was very close to the original. A Thousand Nights follow this girl who took her sister's place to become the possessed king's wife, knowing that she will be killed, but that did not stop her from trying to stay alive. 

The main character portrayed a strong heroine. She isn't stubborn, like most heroines, and she uses her wits to get her out of tough situatuations. Lo-Melkhiin is defintely the most intruguing character of all. From the beginning, we know that he was possessed by a demon and his actions are, should I say, like that of a psychopath.

I don't even know where to begin with this book. I love how the story was told from both the main character's and the demon's point of view. The story was beautifully paced and kept me on the edge of my seats the entire time. What makes this book really interesting is that we never hear the main character's name or anyone else's. I didn't even notice that until I was halfway through.

I loved how E.K. Johnston descibe the setting. It created a vivid picture in my mind of how everything is placed, the deserts, the villages, everything. I was completely blown away at how much I enjoyed it in the first place.

My Rating: 5/5