Summary: 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.
My Review: I have had this book on my currently reading shelf for quite sometime, because in typical Jen fashion I start one book & then get shiny object syndrome start another book & books often get put on the back burner.
Well I decided this month I would clean out my currently reading shelf, this was the first book I choose to tackle and complete this month.
wow, this book is good. I have read the original story and this re-telling added a lot of value to the original story, sure it is clearly different or it wouldn’t be a retelling but it really did make me want to read the original story.
The characters were complex, you wanted to hate Lo-Melkhiin but might have found it hard. I don’t want to spoil why, but there is way more to Lo-Melkhiin than meets the eye.
Our heroine is nameless but she is amazing she is willing to sacrifice herself for her sister. She is willing to give up her life so Lo-Melkhiin will not take her sister. This makes the story beautiful.
The writing is superb once I sat down and really dove into this story I couldn’t put it down. What Johnston has done here is amazing and I can’t wait to read more.
This book was fantastic and I am ashamed to admit I left it on my to be read shelf far to long.