A Thousand Nights by E.k. JohnstonA Thousand Nights by E.k. Johnston

A Thousand Nights

byE.k. Johnston

Hardcover | October 6, 2015

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"A story threaded with shimmering vibrance and beauty, A Thousand Nights will weave its spell over readers' hearts and leave them captivated long after the final tale has been told." -Alexandra Bracken, New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series
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.
E. K. Johnston is a forensic archaeologist by training, a book seller and author by trade, and a grammarian by nature. She spends a great deal of time on the Internet because it is less expensive than going to Scotland. She can probably tell you, to the instant, when she fell in love with any particular song; but don't ask her, because...
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Title:A Thousand NightsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1484722272

ISBN - 13:9781484722275

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing...Complex The cover is very pretty...but that's about it. The writing is poetic as well, but the plot was very confusing...The pacing was slow and nothing really happened. The magic system was also hard to understand. I really wanted to like this one and excited to read it, but the world building lacked explaination.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful prose The writing was simply exquisite, like really. The poetic prose finally works . This was a beautiful retelling/reimagining with such strong characters. At first I didn't understand why the main character's name was not revealed, or any female character in fact. They were shrouded in mystery and anonymous but their actions and the things they did, showed just how powerful they were. Lo-Melkhein though.... I kinda hoped that the main character would end up battling against Lo -Melkhein with Firh Stonetouched.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Story It took me about 4 hours to read and I was absolutely delighted by the story and its enthralling plot line! Would recommend!!!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice I enjoyed this book. The writing was beautiful and the only problem that I had was that it was hard to keep track of who was who because they didn't have names.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from nice It's a good book, a lot of people compare it the "the wrath and the dawn" but it's a completely different setting. The dynamic between the duo is more awkward and the magic appears out of nowhere, but the story as a whole is good and I feel like the sequel could make it an amazing read.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's an okay book rate 3.5 stars. Nothing was really happening until almost at the end which disappoints me. I still like the writing style of it
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very different Okay, I'm going to get right down to it. What I liked: 1) Excellent world-building, with a lush desert setting, customs, characters, and creatures. 2) Story divided gracefully between the main character's old life in the desert and her new life in Lo-Melkhiin's court. 3) Interesting re-imagining of how the Scheherazade figure (main character) saves a king and a kingdom. SPOILER: instead of stories, the main character uses the powers she has gained through the prayers of her family back home -- they manage to turn her into a minor deity while she is still alive. 4) Realistic ending full of badassery and creativity. What I was iffy about: 1) The repetition of day-to-day events, such as grooming. 2) Fairly slow-moving plot. 3) Mixed feelings about the ending because (SPOILER) I feel like the main character could have saved more lives. Overall, really original, and I recommend it.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Honestly, I was a little hesitant going into A Thousand Nights. And that's only because I read and loved The Wrath and the Dawn earlier this year. See both are re-tellings of One Thousand and One Nights. So you know, it was inevitable that I was going to be comparing A Thousand Nights to The Wrath and the Dawn. Just how it goes. Except I didn't. The similarities start and end at being based off the same re-telling. A Thousand Nights is its own story. A very beautiful story at that. I was absolutely pulled in by its uniqueness from page one. Like I mentioned, A Thousand Nights is a re-telling of One Thousand and One Nights; a collection of Arabic folk tales. The king, Lo-Melkhinn is traveling through his lands searching for wives. As the stories travel, he has married many a beautiful women. But each one has barely made it through a night before being killed. Our MC knows her sister will be chosen, and she cannot allow that. So she dresses as her and is chosen in her sisters place. Our MC has plans to kill the king and stop more women from being murdered. Lo-Melkhiin becomes fascinated by our MCs rich stories, and the power she seems to be holding. And thus she continues to survive through the nights. A Thousand Nights starts to take on a more magical feel as the book progresses and our MC realizes her sister worshiping her as a small God may be keeping her alive. And also maybe she can save Lo-Melkhiin from whatever has taken over his body and mind. Before going into A Thousand Nights I had heard that the characters do not have names. And that some reviewers were finding that hard to follow along with the story. So being aware of that quirk might have made me prepared. But I'm not to sure. What I am sure about that having literally only one character with a name was so freakin' clever. It did not mess me up in any way. Our MC doesn't have a name, but really she didn't need one to understand her and her motives. She referred to her sister as sister, her father as father, etc... Easy. What I took away from Johnston not giving her characters names, except the king, Lo-Melkhiin was how he held all the power. The power in controlling his kingdom, his men and in killing his wives. They say a name can hold all the power and that's what I saw. Why give a name to a servant, they don't matter to a king. Why give a name to even the MC, because she does not matter to the king. It's also indicative of the time period where men have all the power over women(or so they think). One man to rule them all(Lord of the Rings joke. Anyone?). The story was so compelling. I was drawn in by the unique and clever story telling and the beautiful writing was an added bonus. It truly was written like a I was reading an old folk tale. Our MC is such a strong fearless women. She steps in to save her sister without a second thought except that she loves her. She is the love of her life. Talk about an iron tight sisterly bond. I believe this now stands as one of the best ones I've come across in YA. Her unwavering stone like emotions around Lo-Melkhiin were so admiral. Like she said, why be fearful of him when there is so much to actually be fearful of in the desert. I loved her progression as she realizes she is starting to control her stories. Is her sister giving her the power of a small God? Our MC might be able to control her future after all. I love seeing a strong women in the face of a time where men hold all the power. At that time it's the subtle control that shows how women are not so weak. I will admit that a few times I was confused as to what exactly was happening between our MC and Lo-Melkhiin. Not romance wise, as this is a book that does not focus on romance at all. But what was happening between them and this magic? Power? There were threads of colour being transferred and I would have liked just a bit more explanation on what this power transfer was exactly. Especially because Lo-Melkhiin was so inspired by it. He was sure they could rule the world. Our MC and this demon Lo-Melkhiin. With all the usual fairy tale re-tellings out there it's hard to find a unique and new take on something that's been done so much. A Thousand Nights offers that new and different. Not only is a re-telling of a tale that now I've only come across twice, it's also stunningly beautifully written with an absolutely unique and compelling story. Add in that it's a stand alone and I really don't see why it won't become a lot of readers new favourite book. A Thousand Nights is definitely a book I will come back to experience down the road.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story of Sisters, Sacrifice, and Magic There are many different kinds of stories. Scary stories, action stories, romantic stories, and then there are those stories that paint pictures with their words. This is what you’ll find in A THOUSAND NIGHTS. It’s a tale with a slow burn, with each piece of the world and the characters wrapped in fine cloth and carefully presented for the reader to unveil, bit by bit. This is not a fast book. This is not a book you should expect to sit down and burn through in a night. This is a story to savor, to allow to linger on your tongue as you savor the taste of salt, feel the hot desert air on your skin, smell the rich fragrance of warmed spices. And all this before we come to the story itself. Ethereal, lyrical, and woven with shimmering threads, this is no typical retelling of “A Thousand and One Nights.” I would argue that it is no retelling at all. Rather, this is a story of the people in ancient history whose tale is almost never told—the women. The daily lives of women may have all but vanished from the historical record, but they were there, shaping the world with their power day by day. And in A THOUSAND NIGHTS, we have a character whose power literally shapes the world with her growing magic. It’s a story of invisible people, a tale of a woman who finds the strength to sustain her in the worst possible circumstance, a story of those who do what they must to survive. Yes, it’s true—this is a story without names. But that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
Date published: 2015-09-16

Editorial Reviews

"This fantasy, rich with layers of legend and meaning, will captivate readers ready for an adventure. . . Johnston's writing is densely lyrical, evoking the legendary tales of One Thousand and One Nights, from which this story derives."
-Booklist