A Review: “The Stardust Thief” by Chelsea Abdullah

Wow, I’ve got to say that this book totally exceeded my expectations, and I cannot wait until Chelsea Abdullah comes out with the second book. I did not know this was the first of a series, but the story is an epic one, and I can see why more books need to be written to tell it.

“The Stardust Thief” is a novel based on the legend One Thousand and One Nights, which I did not know anything about. Fortunately, you don’t have to know about One Thousand and One Nights to enjoy this book. Abdullah’s storytelling is so well-done.

Here is the book’s description:

Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land—at the cost of sacrificing all jinn.

With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan’s oldest son to find the artifact. Aided by her bodyguard, who has secrets of his own, they must survive ghoul attacks, outwit a vengeful jinn queen, and confront a malicious killer from Loulie’s past. And, in a world where story is reality and illusion is truth, Loulie will discover that everything—her enemy, her magic, even her own past—is not what it seems, and she must decide who she will become in this new reality.

What I Liked About the Book

Although this is one of the longest books I’ve read this year, the pacing of it was perfect. Told through multiple viewpoints, I enjoyed reading about each character’s thought process, although I was more interested in Loulie’s point of view and Prince Mazen’s. I can’t really reveal too much about him without giving away some of the plot, but his character grew on me as the story progressed. I also loved Loulie’s personality and her interactions with her bodyguard Qadir, a jinn with very unique powers who tends to be aloof but protective of Loulie. Then there is Aisha, the only female of the forty thieves. Her character was another one that I grew to like more.

I honestly don’t have any critiques for this book. It is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I can’t wait to read more!

My Verdict: The Stardust Thief is a Must-Read

If you enjoy reading about adventure, you’ll enjoy this book. There are obviously magical elements to it since it is about jinn, but I don’t normally read fantasy-type novels and really enjoyed this one. I found it very refreshing. Also, the author Chelsea Abdullah has an instagram account where she shares information about the book and artwork of the characters. It helped me picture them in my mind.

Books Similar to this One

OK, so I know I said I don’t normally read fantasy-type novels, but I feel like if you enjoyed Shadow and Bone, you might like this book, too.

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