February 10, 2017

A Thousand Nights

A Thousand Nights
E.K. Johnston
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Before I dive too deep, I want to say that there is a powerful and important message of a woman's strength in this story. This is about the only redeeming quality to me.

Blurb from Goodreads:
"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 know that a lot of people really loved this book, and I get it. A story that normally shows that women are weak or if they are strong they are still to be punished is turned into a beautiful show of what we can overcome. This just was not the outlet I would have liked.
The way the book was written and dialogue that was used were confusing and flat to me. Someone would ask the main character a question and she would answer with story after story after STORY. Also, the fact that only one name is used in the book made me get the characters all messed up.
It was just painfully slow with little to no action. The premise was good, I was actually very excited to read this but it dragged on and I almost fell asleep a few times. The only real action that happens is in the very end of the book and lasts all of like 5 pages. I liked the message, but not the portrayal.
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