As I’m taking part in Wyrd & Wonder throughout May, and celebrating the fantasy genre, I’m dedicating this month’s Shelf Control posts to the fantasy novels that have been waiting patiently on my shelves far too long!
Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
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…
This is possibly the most beautiful book on my shelf and I’ve owned it for several years (it was a secret santa gift from the lovely Mikayla @ Mikayla’s Bookshelf) and yet somehow I still haven’t read it? Desert fantasy is a subgenre of the fantasy genre I’ve discovered I love, though, so this is one I’d still really like to check out. Maybe I’ll finally cross it off my TBR this summer?