Monday, November 16, 2015

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston


When the Prince comes to claim his next bride, the unnamed heroine of this book knows he will pick her sister since she is the most beautiful girl in their village.  Moved to protect her sister, she adorns herself to bring the Prince's attention to herself and is chosen to go back to the palace with him.  She expects to die on her wedding night just like the hundreds of other brides before her but when the Prince comes to see her, she tells him a story that captures his attention enough to buy her one more night of life.  And then another, and another, and another....  Meanwhile, she discovers that her family has been worshipping her as a small god and she seems to be developing powers as a result; powers that allow her to begin to see what is possessing her husband.

I was hoping for more fairytale and greater redemption for the imprisoned prince in this story based on the Arabian Nights.  The magical elements of the heroine developing into a small god were interesting but I was more wrapped up in the growing rebellion that was sparking in her name.  The story seems a bit long and not magical enough to attract widespread interest.