The tale of how a story saved a life
A girl had a right to be happy for her wedding day, but no wife of the king’s ever wore a smile. She helped her sister to fasten her wedding gown, and all the while Scheherazade laughed quietly to herself.
As Dunyazad finished, she turned her sister around. ‘Please,’ she said, ‘have some grace to mourn. You may think little of your own life, but you have also condemned your father.’
Scheherazade shook her head. ‘No. I have not. Listen to me, my sister, because what I have to tell you is of utmost importance. When I have gone into the King and he has had his way with me, I will send for you. When you come, you will ask me to tell one of my tales.’
‘Because I cannot explain to the king how wonderful the story may be. He needs to hear it from someone else. You have spent many a time enjoying my recitals, and so you have no need to feign interest. This is the most important thing, sister. The tale may well be our deliverance.’
The Sassanian Empire is ruled by a ruthless King who marries a different woman every night and orders her execution the next morning. With the population running thin of potential brides, Ismail is tasked with finding the new queen.
So when his own daughter offers to marry the king herself, Ismail is horrified. She has a plan, though. She can save herself. She can save her father. And she can save every woman who still draws breath in the Empire. And it all begins with a story.
Word count ~20 000.
The Tale of the Bull and the Ass
King Shahryar and His Brother
The Trader and the Jinni
- - Ibrahim’s Tale
- - Yusuf’s Tale
- - Shahnaz’s Tale
Release Date 2017-04-30
Word Count 20 000
Page Count 121