Review: A Thousand Nights

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

thousand nightsTitle: A Thousand Nights

Author: E.K Johnston

Series: Standalone

Published: October 6, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 336

Source: eARC

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.


I was so excited to have received this book and to review it! I feel like the story of “A Thousand and One Nights” have not been portrayed in literature as well as other tales. Though the hype has been surrounding “The Wrath and the Dawn” lately and I look forward to reading that story soon.

We follow No-name girl as she takes her sisters place as the next bride of Lo-Melkhiin. She is then taken to the palace to live among him and the servants in the castle. She prepares herself to die that night of their wedding but she talks to Lo-Melkhiin and he decides to let her live another day. This goes on for many nights as well as lots of confusion on my side of the story.

No-name girl apparently has some magic which prevents Lo-Melkhiin from killing her but not a lot is explained and even the part about what exactly Lo-Melkhiin actually is, is confusing at best. There are random characters as well that I feel play no part in the story line. I don’t know what would have made the story better but I did like the unique take on the tale though it was not executed as well as I would have hoped it to be.

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