Review: A Thousand Nights

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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. But back 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 in it's place. 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 sets and rises, 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. The words she speaks to him every night are given strange life of their own. She makes things appear. 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 rule of a monster.

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
Rating: 2 Stars
Reviewed on September 7, 2015
This review can also be founds on Goodreads.

My Review

While A Thousand Nights is a decent retelling, it won't be memorable because of the rather annoying narration and the pointless very-descriptive writing. Yes, the writing was beautiful at times, but I gained nothing from it. A few pretty words does not make up for everything else a story lacks, like say, conflict and/or characters with depths. I got jack squat solid personalities from the characters. And every time some new desert tale was told by the protagonist, I zoned out, especially whenever she mentioned father's father's father or mother's mother's mother. The only narration worth reading was the demon's pov. Other than this, the beginning to the end was "okay" at first, but I got so dreadfully bored that I started to skim the rest. A few days from now I probably won't be able to recall what happened in the book. None of it will stick and I'm relieved to be done with this disappointment.

Copy of A Thousand Nights provided through Netgalley.


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Cee named The Mistress Case after Sherlock (BBC with Benedict) and Supernatural (Dean, baby). She writes mainly book reviews. On occasions, movies and TV shows. She reads and reviews in many genres, including fantasy, historical, contemporary, romance, erotica, mystery, etc. She personally rains more love on fantasy and historical romance and hopes you won't hold it against her. Caoi.


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