A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston is a compelling fantasy in a desert setting.
went hunting in the desert one day, and he came back changed. The
powerful young ruler now has something cold and calculating at his
heart, and though he is still fair, he is no longer beloved. How could
he be, when he has killed hundreds of brides and seems to have an
insatiable appetite for more? When he comes to the tents of this book's
nameless heroine, she bravely steps forward to save her beloved,
beautiful sister. She expects to die like all the others, but she finds
that she can survive one day at a time -- thanks, perhaps, to her words
and stories, which seem to have a mysterious power that they never had
before. Can she use them save Lo-Melkhiin and his people from a powerful
force of evil?
I loved the sense of mystery and the wealth of
authentic detail in this book. I have not run across many retellings of
The Thousand and One Nights, and this one is particularly skillfully
written. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
(Reviewed from an e-galley, courtesy of the publisher.)