Monday, October 12, 2015

New Book: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston was released last week. It's nice to see Arabian Nights trending again in publishing. Who doesn't love the chance to read another Scheherazade reinterpretation?

Entertainment Weekly previewed it back in May, so it is getting a fair amount of publicity, too.

Book description:

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.

1 comment:

  1. This is an excellent story, I was lucky enough to get a proof copy earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It reads as fantasy in a real world setting. It's not what you expect when you hear 1001 Nights but is all the better for being a unique story.