Now that we’re turning the corner into fall, the days are getting shorter and cooler, the perfect opportunity to settle in with a book full of mystery and magic. E.K. Johnston’s A Thousand Nights may be classified as young adult, but this retelling of 1,000 Arabian Nights will appeal to all readers thanks to its unusual narrative style and lack of common YA tropes. If you’re not familiar with the source material, check out the description of A Thousand Nights:
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.
To celebrate the release of A Thousand Nights, The Daily Quirk is hosting a Pretty Things in a Dangerous Place giveaway. One winner will receive:
- A copy of A Thousand Nights
- A branded nail polish set & tea bag dispenser
Enter below for your chance to win, and click here for a sneak peak at A Thousand Nights and more information on author E.K. Johnston.
Open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided courtesy of Disney-Hyperion.