Expected Publication: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Author: E. K. Johnston
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.