Phew! What a busy week this is turning out to be. Also, hot. Very very hot over here. Our days are already hitting 111! Triple digits! Stay hydrated guys and keep your fur-babies, also actual human babies, indoors.
In loo of the hot scorching summer days and smotheringly hot summer nights, here’s what I’m reading this week……….
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.
This is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights or Arabian Nights as it’s also known. Other than Aladdin I’ve never read any books regarding Middle Eastern mythology. Though I have heard the name Scheherazade. This is going to be yet another first for me 🙂 I’m very much looking forward to reading this.