Set against a bright desert backdrop, this epic fantasy re-imagining of The Arabian Nights pits the designs of common girl against the schemes of a murderous king, and the bond between two sisters against the dark temptation of power beyond measure.
"A loose retelling of The Arabian Nights frame story from Morris Award– and Kirkus Prize–finalist Johnston takes ideas of power and gender, belief and love, and upends them." -- starred, Kirkus Reviews
"One of the most original voices in contemporary YA." -- starred, Quill and Quire
"As a study in character and a triumph of voice, for brilliant world-building, for being unlike anything else and yet deeply applicable to the world, this shines brighter than pretty much anything else I’ve read this year." -- School Library Journal
A Kirkus Best Book of 2015
2015 Ontario Library Association Best Bet
2016 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Finalist
2016 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Finalist