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message 1: by Jennifer, The Paranormal One (new)

Jennifer (ivashkovlover) | 3376 comments Mod
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston



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.



message 2: by Tracey (new)

Tracey (addicted_to_reading) I have found a rarity in the YA novel universe. A fantasy teen novel without a love triangle or any love interest at all that wraps up in a neat little bow at the end. No sequels, no waiting, no angst! I will admit that the beginning was boring and stiff. I had recently read a retelling of this old folk tale and wasn't keen on reading another. But our heroine, who I'm pretty sure is never named, won me over with her wit and restraint. The villain gets his own mini chapters which were very well written and exciting. I wish he had more of a voice in the book but it definitely doesn't lack because of it. I'm glad I gave this book a chance because it is easily one of the best I've read this year.


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