ARC REVIEW: A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston


Expected Publication: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Author: E. K. Johnston
Pages: 336
Genres: Retelling, YA, Fantasy

You can read the summary of A Thousand Nights here.

Thank you NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

I requested this novel based solely on the cover art, because obvious. I was pretty excited when I was approved for this one, even though I had no idea what it was about. Once I got started, I found myself completely enthralled by the setting, the main character, her courage, and the promise of a happy ending. Most of these things did not disappoint.

I think Johnston’s prose was simple yet beautiful. The amount of research the author put into learning this culture and its tradition was extensive and it paid off. At no point did I feel like it was contrived. I really liked the story, the characters, the struggle and the sacrifice. The meat of this story did not leave me hungry. I will admit that I’ve never read A Thousand and One Nights so I have no story in which to compare. Given that this is a retelling, though, I’m certain I can figure out the premise of the original. Still, I feel the need to read it. Consider it added to the endless TBR list.

The only negative-ish thing worth mentioning is the ending. Not the end of the character’s story, that was perfect. Much was left up to the imagination and I liked that. What I didn’t like was the epilogue from the POV of a storyteller, wrapping up the legend of A Thousand Nights up in a philosophical bow. If the story had started out that way, then ending it on the same note would have made more sense. I honestly feel like the last part could be left off and no one would miss it. But whatevs, it’s not make or break…just opinion.

So, there’s my review of A Thousand Nights. Make of it what you will, but my final thought is this: Read it. Then we can compare notes.


6 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

  1. There are quite a few “A Thousand and One Nights” retellings coming out lately. I know of at least 2 others that were reviewed by people I follow in the last week or so. Hm!

  2. Have you read The Wrath and the Dawn yet? That’s an amazing retelling if A Thousand and One Nights!
    On another notw, wonderful review! This book is in my TBR and I hope to get it soon to read it.
    xoxo 💋

  3. Glad to hear you enjoyed the book- I struggled with the writing at times because I thought the author tried too hard to emulate older story book style writing, but I agree that there were some gorgeous passages!

    • I definitely felt like she was continuing with the olde style writing. I picked up The Wrath and The Dawn not knowing the premise. I had to put it down for the time being, since it’s basically the same exact story

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s