Reader Reviewed A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

A Thousand Nights

Written by E.K. Johnston

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Set against a vividly drawn desert backdrop, this spellbinding novel about love, self-sacrifice and the power of stories shimmers as vibrantly as a queen’s finely threaded robes. When cruel king Lo-Melkhiin arrives in her village, the eloquent narrator of this expertly woven novel knows that he will take her beloved, beautiful sister to be his next wife. And so she makes the ultimate sacrifice and submits herself, in the knowledge that Lo-Melkhiin has murdered over three hundred wives. But the king knows what she’s done and is fascinated by his new wife’s fearlessness, and she survives her first night in his opulent court. Over time, a curious connection develops between them, and the young queen realises that her dreams and stories seem able to take on lives on their own, and possess a power that’s perhaps even strong enough to cast out a monster… Exploring the story behind the tales of The Arabian Nights and the woman who told them, legendary Arabic queen, Scheherazade, this unique novel will haunt readers long after the final page has been turned. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Catherine Bryce, age 21 - 'Superb book taking the reader into Arabian Nights genre and keeping you there.'
  • Georgina Rowe, age 17 - 'I loved E. K. Johnston's retelling of Scheherazade's story. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys high fantasy worlds or fairy tales, as it was the perfect combination of the two.'
  • Charnell Vevers - 'If you are looking for a magical, mystical read with strong female characters and vivid world building, then A Thousand Nights is the book for you.'
  • Amelia White, age 15 - 'Very complicated read! Make sure you read it twice to get your head round it.'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 17 - 'Generally a good book but just not for me.'
  • Amelia Corrick-Gough, age 14 - 'I read this book all in one sitting, because I was glued to the pages! I thought this book was absolutely brilliant, and though I found some of the terms confusing, the storyline was very good.'
  • Emma Hughes - 'I really enjoyed this book.'
  • Lorraine Baker - 'This book is a fabulous read with a story that flows along beautifully - I did not want it to end and have already recommended it to friends.  A wonderful and magical read.'
  • Dahabo Wacays, age 17 - 'Ghouls? Arabian - nights themed? Strong female protagonist? Yes, please! From the first word, this tale gripped me in and refused to let me go until the very last word!'
  • Katie, age 14 - 'Wow! This is an amazing love story filled with the most beautiful descriptions of the desert.'
  • Laura, age 18 - 'A great fantasy story, I enjoyed reading it.'
  • Kush Melwani, age 14 - 'I tried to like this book. I really did...'
  • Laura Delve - 'This is deeply magical and powerful story. It is one that will seep into your bones and stay with you long after you have finished reading.'
  • Amanda Gray, age 20 - 'A Thousand Nights is so uniquely written has a romance that is more like a battle than a love story, with a fierce leading lady with so much inner strength and wisdom; it just sings to my heart.'
  • Monisah Ali, age 17 - 'A Thousand Nights wasn't like any other love story I've read before. As a retelling of Arabian Nights, it was a unique and intriguing read.'


A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife. When Lo-Melkhiin - a formidable king - arrives at her desert home, she knows that he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice - leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man. But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king ...if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster.

Set against a harsh desert backdrop, A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston is an evocative tale of love, mystery and magic that would not feel out of place if Scheherazade herself were telling it.

And perhaps she is...

About the Author

E.K. Johnston

Emily Kate Johnston is a forensic archaeologist. She has lived on four continents, including summers spent in Jordan experiencing the desert first-hand. Her inspirations come from her work, travels and her university studies in Biblical Hebrew and Arabic. She loves telling stories, and has been doing so across different mediums for over ten years.

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Book Info


336 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

30th June 2016




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