Title: A Thousand Night
Author: E. K. Johnston
I can’t tell much from the cover alone, but I can tell you the cover is gorgeous af! Take a look that! Take a look at it again. Again. Now, take a look at it again. Once more! Okay? Enough? Are you kidding me? You can’t have enough with this cover. It’s out of the world gorgeous (okay, a bit exaggerating but it is gorgeous, right?) First off, the purple tone? It screams magical, so my first guess, it might have something to do with some fantasy/magical premise. Second, the font and the building that very much looked like something a bit ancient middle eastern and/or indian-like (not Native American Indian, but the India in South Asia), so most probably that’s where the story is located. Third, the title; this might be a retelling of 1001 Nights? But the title only has 1000 instead of 1001 (hence why this might be a retelling, right?) Oh my God! What? I kid you f not, if this is a retelling, I am on f board with this book! Yasss, please!
What the book is actually about (taken 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.
So, I still don’t know if this is a retelling of the 1001 nights tale or not, but it definitely has the same basic premise judging from what goodreads says about this book, so I am definitely on board. And, the best part? The book is out two days ago! Yes, baby! Imma get my grubby hands on this book. Wish me luck! I want to touch its beautiful cover soon. Such beauty. Much magical (cue doge meme).