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.
OVERALL RATING: 4
Before anything else, let's all just take our time to appreciate the beauty of the cover of this book. Who ever made the cover, kudos to you. It's so pretty and amazing and totally fits the whole theme of the book. Don't you just hate it when the cover has nothing remotely related to the book? But this cover totally fits the book which again is very amazing.
Being in a reader's block is something that's very hard. You can't find the strength to read books and when you do get the strength to read one, reviewing them is never an option. I was stuck in a reader's block before this book came along.
I was only on the first few pages when I ended up crying. The first few chapters of this book were in my opinion, the best part of this book.
The heroine was the younger sister to the most beautiful girl in the village and she knew that Lo-Melkhiin will choose her sister because she was very beautiful. So in order to save her, she did her best to be the only one to catch Lo-Melkhiin’s attention and she succeeded. In the palace, surviving day by day was the only thing she could do. But when she realized that something was wrong, she slowly did things to find out what it was.
One thing that made this book really stand out was the way it was written. The style of writing was very intricate, and it made things look more magical and spectacular.
The point of view was from the heroine who had a very strong personality. She kind of resembles Katniss Everdeen the heroine from the Hunger Games who sacrificed herself in place of her sister. So if you're interested in books where the heroine saves the world or at least saves something, then this book would be perfect for you. Although she had a very strong character, what made her very easy to relate to were the doubts she had. No person could be strong all the time, so her having doubts solidified that although she is somehow special than most of us, she’s human too.
One thing that was very annoying about the main character was the way she adores her sister so much to the point that she is constantly degrading herself. She said her sister was more beautiful than her but she admitted that she has never even seen her face.
Most books I have read, the setting is on Europe or America, but this was in the Middle East which was very refreshing. I never really knew what would happen next which was another thing I really found amazing. There are some books you end up knowing how it will go even if you've only read a few pages, but there are some books where you can't predict what's going to happen until the very last page, and this book was one of it.
One thing in this book that I felt was lacking was the character narration from Lo-Melkhiin. Not the demon but the person he was before he was possessed and whilst he was being possessed. I really believe that he was a major character in the story but not once did I hear his thoughts. It would have been amazing if the last chapter was narrated in his point of view since he was freed from the clutches of the demon. If that doesn’t give him the right to a point of view, then I don’t know what will!
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Overall A Thousand Nights was an amazing book filled with mystery and although I had some issues with the heroine, it was still amazing.
received digital edition from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review