This book has been so hyped up. You’ve all heard over and over again how great it is and you’re probably sick of it by now, bit I’m sorry to say, you wont hear anything different here. This book was awesome.
What’s it about? In this retelling of 1001 Nights, Shazhrad volunteers to be the next victim of the cruel king who chooses a new bride each night only to kill them at dawn, or order to gain access to the king to get revenge for her best friend. She manages to survive her first dawn by telling the king a story and using the age-old tool of cliffhangers to keep the king coming back for more. But things start getting a tad confusing when she starts having feelings for the king, and even more confusing when her asshole of an ex comes to take her back.
What did I think? I read this book in one sitting as it just dug in its hooks and wouldn’t let go. There are two main highlights with this book, the beautifully Persia-esque setting, and the characters.
“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”
Let’s start first with the setting. It’s so richly described and vidid (especially the food. OMG!). There is just such a sense of place with this novel, and it’s beautiful and exotic and magical. I’ve already been on goodreads trying to find more books in a similar setting. And I also may have gone out and bought some of the foodstuffs this novel made me crave. I could honestly go on about the food in this book forever….
The characters, are the other main highlight. Shazhrad is just awesome. She is incredibly headstrong and intelligent and tends to use words like weapons.
She can be a bit of a brat though, and often conversations go a bit like this:
Shazhrad: Insults everyone constantly
Someone else: says something mildly teasing
Shazhrad: HOW DARE YOU!!!
So she does have a bit more self-importance than I liked as she seemed to have one rule for herself when it came to respect, but often didn’t extend that rule to others. But despite this, she is an absolutely awesome protagonist (I don’t like characters who are 100% perfect anyway).
“So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”
“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.”
Shazhrad’s handmaiden is also pretty awesome and the two develop a great friendship and really come to care for one another.
This book is also written absolutely perfectly. Every description is simple yet elegant, and there is not a single word out of place. It just flows beautifully.
So overall, this book is wonderful. I did feel like there was a tiny something missing, but I don’t know what that is. But I did really love it. I highly recommend it.
I rate it 4.5/5 stars.
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