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One Thousand and One Nights, Volume 01 by Jeon JinSeok
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bookshelves: yaoi-manga, historical-fiction, series-entry, owned-books
Read in September, 2011

Mad Sultan Shahryar has issued a terrible decree: each night a different virgin girl must be made his bride only to be beheaded at dawn. Why does he do it? And why is his latest bride…a boy?!?

In a twist on the Arabian Nights tale of Shahrazad, the storyteller is a beautiful boy who has sacrificed himself to save his sister Dunya. Sehara is a quiet scholar, fearless, learned and humble. A study in contradictions, he uses his ability as a teller of tales to subdue the savagery of the sultan. But underneath his altruism is a burning desire to learn why Shahryar has embarked on this vicious course. Once the subterfuge is revealed, Sehara is imprisoned to await beheading at dawn. There follows an intense confrontation with another inmate, Sultan Shahryar’s formerly trusted Emir Jafar. From him, Sehara and the reader learn of the origin of Shahryar’s madness...

The men and women are gorgeous to look at for the most part and the setting of ancient lands is exquisitely drawn by Han SeungHee, JinSeok’s collaborator. The story within the main story is enthralling and is a sly commentary on the main plotline. This is a most unusual manhwa in so many ways and well worth reading. Along with the story is an interview with the writer and illustrator as well as some rough sketches for the book.
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