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.
Unfortunately as I am ill as I write this, it can only be a short review, but as it is a short book I think that this is fitting. Don’t you?
This was so good and so beautifully written that I couldn’t stop thinking about it, the only downside? Basically nothing happened until the end and that was quite annoying ngl.
The writing was stunning and everything I could have hoped for and more. Honestly I was enchanted by it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. This is the first version of this tale that I have read and I was not disappointed – I mean aside from the non-action that was happening of course. The non-action I felt added something though, I mean aside from how much it bothered me. It added a sense of peace and tranquillity to a situation that was clearly neither.
There was a huge focus on women and what they could do that I loved. I didn’t actually notice this until I read another review that pointed it out, but the main character doesn’t have and name and no one else does, aside from Lo-Melkhiin, and I think that is really interesting. It really tells me a lot about the time period and the part of the world that the book is set in and I really love that extra detail. Even the Skeptics all had the same name, the only difference being there titles, eg His Eyes Uncovered or His Eyes to the Stars. I think that the message of this story is to never underestimate the power of woman and as both a person and a woman, I 100% agree with this message. Even if women aren’t given the ‘important’ jobs, they (we) are still key, nothing would get done if only the ‘important’ jobs were done and we all have to remember this. Especially those that aren’t trusted or for whatever other reason don’t get given the jobs that we all view as important. This goes for men as well as women.
The characters were all really good and detailed and I could feel them coming to life in front of my eyes. There was just so much magic in this book and I think some of that was in how realistic the characters were. Even though we were only given the P.O.V of two characters the others just spoke to me so much and that is something that really helps drag me into a book. So thank you miss Johnston, I really appreciate it. Thank you.
I am only going to give this book 4/5 stars due to the inactivity of the majority of the book, but as it was such a short sweet book that I would highly reccomend it, it more than deserves the four that I have given it. I apologise for the shortness of this review, please excuse me.