My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.
Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.
Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
Beware, Spoilers ahead!
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
DNF at 3%
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I grew up with the Arabian Nights and love them dearly. The story sounded interesting so I decided to request it from netgalley.
The book starts of with a Prologue which I assume was in Lo-Melkhiin’s point of view. You get a vague idea of his character when you read it. It’s about two pages. You are then taken to the first chapter. The chapter begin quite nicely…until they started speaking to each other. You have probably heard that the only character who has a name is Lo-Melkiin’s which yes it quite odd. They had a very odd way of speaking to each other. For example: “I am not, I told her, and I was not, “for I love you more than I love the rain.” That was really weird when I read it and I was still trying to wrap my head around the writing even after the first chapter.
It appears that the reason I didn’t enjoy this is because of the way the characters spoke to each other. The writing style was beautifully woven to describe the setting and even the sisters physical features. It was just how the author worded the characters when they spoke to each other.
Once I realized the way the characters spoke to each other annoyed me, I simply dropped it. The majority of this book is going to be our main character telling stories to Lo-Melkhiin therefore I would not be able to enjoy if she told her stories the way she and the rest of the characters spoke to each other. Onto Lumiere. And here’s to hoping I’ll enjoy that one more than this and Hunter.