A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
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Synopsis: 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.
OUR THOUGHTS: Can we just say how much we LOVE this cover?! It's so pretty and full of lovely detail! We are DEFINITELY intrigued by the synopsis to A Thousand Nights, especially upon discovering to our surprise it's a retelling of a fairy tale we've never even heard of: One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights). We like how the girl isn't named in the synopsis, that she remains a mystery. We want to not only discover her name but know who she is and the secrets she finds within the palace walls. Plus, who doesn't love a story of a murderous king who changes out of love!! Our hearts swoon already *hehe* We want to know what went wrong with the king. Why did he turn so evil and what monster took his place? Magic, dark and dangerous secrets, a powerful, evil monster, a possible love story on the horizon, all elements of a fantasy we VERY MUCH enjoy and we can't wait to discover more with this book!!