I LOVED this book. I've always enjoyed folklore/fairytales and their retellings, and Valente's writing is so captivating and elegant that you can completely enter into in the world she's created. Some tales are heartbreakingly tragic - others are happier - and each weaves seamlessly into the next, creating a lovely whole piece. You couldn't ask for a finer reinterpretation of Scheherazade.
If you do try it, I beg you to give it at least 80 pages - while some readers say it's slow, I would call it pleasingly languid. The unhurried pace at which the story moves allows you to become totally enmeshed with the characters, much like Rothfuss' excellent fantasy novel, "The Name of the Wind" (https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1305986121).
Quite simply one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read.
The first chapter was interesting, sadly the rest of it wasn't. The quality of writing is just 'ok,' and the structure is tedious to keep track of at times.
This book is a blend of fairy tale and mystery. As the back claims, it is a modern Arabian Nights; there are interwoven stories and each takes the reader deeper and deeper. There are, supposedly, two stories but even they end up being connected. I am definitely reading the next book in the series!
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