Every time Lo-Melkhiin comes to a village, they have to give up one of their daughters to be his wife, and each time they end up another one of his victims. One day, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her desert home and she is all too aware that he will choose her beautiful sister as his wife so in desperation, she takes her place. Night after night, though, she survives and it all comes down to the power that flows through her and Lo-Melkhinn.
A Thousand Nights is a beautifully written and magical story, and Johnston’s writing was the best thing about this novel – its beauty and how it flows. The writing itself is magical. The world building was also phenomenal as it was really intricate and enchanting. The plot, however, was not as engaging as I hoped it would be, but it was still a good and interesting read.
I would have preferred to have more stories told in this from our main protagonist, but unfortunately there wasn’t many. One thing that really bothered me though was the fact that no one had names. It was things like ‘my sister’s mother’, ‘my father’s father’s father’, etc. and it did eventually become really irritating.
Our main protagonist was a great character. Intelligent and brave and she knows the world around her and can bend it to her will. For me though, our main protagonist was the only character that felt fleshed out to me which made this read less enjoyable.
Overall, a really unique novel which focuses on family, femininity, loyalty, and the strong bonds between women. For those looking for another novel like The Wrath and the Dawn should look somewhere else because, while they are based on the same story, they are two completely different novels, one a romance and one is the exact opposite. Brilliant written, but its pace was a little too slow for my liking, but I would definitely recommend.
MY RATING: ★★★★☆