[Review] A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

~ A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston ~

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date of Publication:
October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

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.

~ My Review ~

~ DNF after Chapter Two

I’m sorry, but I had to dnf this book pretty fast, because it was way to hard to read it. I might read in English since some years, but that still doesn’t change the fact that English isn’t my first language.

So whenever I stumble over a book with a really difficult style of telling a story, I start to hate that particular book. People that have English as a first language will probably be like “wow, this writing style is really unique” but I have to say “different, but annoyingly hard to read”.

I won’t even try to read further, because for me, reading isn’t supposed to be work, it’s supposed to be fun. Which won’t be possible with this writing style.

I love the cover art though. Really gorgeous.

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