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The Stardust Thief

By: Chelsea Abdullah
Narrated by: Nikki Massoud,Sean Rohani,Rasha Zamamiri
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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One Nights, this book weaves together the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.

Neither here nor there, but long ago....

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.

©2022 Chelsea Abdullah (P)2022 Orbit

Critic Reviews

"The Stardust Thief is a dream written upon a page—absorbing, lingering, and poignantly told. Abdullah weaves a sweeping adventure of tales within tales, while laying bare the ways those we love can both uplift us and break our hearts." (Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter)

"A thrilling adventure about found families, ancient magic, and stories that linger...I thoroughly enjoyed it." (S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass)

"Shimmering with magic, The Stardust Thief is a gripping adventure set against an immersive world. Abdullah masterfully crafts a tale, with equally chaotic and lovable characters, that reads like it is meant to be told around the fire beneath a starlit sky." (Aamna Qureshi, author of The Lady or the Lion)

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SO MANY audio/narration errors!!!

Holy buckets! I've never listened to a book that was so poorly produced (and I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks) At least once per hour, the narrator will repeat him/herself, or repeat and change a word. It's so jarring, and there's no excuse for THAT many mistakes.

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So glad I found this!

The Stardust Theif tells a thrilling fantasy adventure story and establishes an interesting world full of djinn, princes, and thieves. I also appreciate the author's ability to subvert common fantasy tropes, as this gives the book a freshness that is often lacking in the genre. There were a few editing errors with the audio narration, but they weren't frequent enough to be an issue for me. The narrators themselves each did a stellar job voicing characters and creating an engaging audio experience. I hope they are able to narrate the next book in the series!

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The perfect listen

It is rare that an audiobook truly captures the personalities of a book, but the narrators were phenomenal!

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Wonderful Retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights!

Wow! Was really blown away by this one! There was magic, monsters, and myths, and it was a joy to hear beloved characters brought to life in new ways. All the old favorites are in there, just under new names. The narration is told from three perspectives: A female "Aladdin" was very well done, a male "Jasmine", and one of the 40 Thieves. I loved how the women protagonists were strong but still very feminine, and how neither of them had a love interest as their main objective. Sure there were guys on the side, but these girls had a mission to be done and didn't get distracted from their main goals.

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Amazing story - can’t wait for the next book!

I loved this! The world building was rich and the story was engaging. I can not wait for the 2nd book in this series!

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What an adventure

I really enjoyed this story. So different and I really felt like I could see the world being built. I am excited to see where the rest of the series takes us! I loved all the audiobooks narrators voices. They really made the story come alive.

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Epic Desert Fantasy with Jinn and Stories

I love epic fantasy with adventure, strong female characters, and found family. Lately, I've also been keeping an eye out for fantasy books with deserts and jinn, so this was right up my alley. My fingers were crossed as I started this book, hoping it wasn't going to be another let down. This was FANTASTIC. Credit where it's due - this book deserves all the praise it's been getting.

This isn't a retelling. You can see the influence from One Thousand and One Nights, but this is an original story that combined a lot of familiar ingredients. The story begins slowly, so it may not appeal to readers/listeners who prefer a faster pace. In multi POV books, I usually struggle to truly engage with all the POV characters, so it's always a good sign when I find myself liking all of them. All the narratives felt essential and interesting. All three were excellently portrayed. I loved the reversal of roles with some of the main male and female characters; it was so convincing. I loved it start to finish, and I will be re-reading this before the next installment comes out.

The narration was solid. I didn't have any trouble engaging with the POV characters, but it could have been better. This book is so epic, so the narration should have been epic too. With three narrators, this production was primed for success.

This audiobook was a credit well spent. The author has stated that her original story was about twice as long, and I am very interested in seeing some of those deleted scenes and side stories released in a collection.

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I’ve never listed to a book with narrators this bad!!

Seriously, barely an hour in and I had to call it quits, their voices are flat with almost zero emotion, the narrator for the prince especially so. He was so irritating, I could live with the female narrator she seemed to try even if some of her “voices” were meh, but this guy!!! It sounded as if he ended each sentence on a question and during a scene that called for some kind of excitement and panic he ended almost every sentence with a gasp. And the voice he used for women characters was so squeaky and annoying. I couldn’t even get to the third narrator as the flat out incompetence of this guy and the chicks meh performance had me dipping out.

I’ll just have to go ahead and grab a physical copy as the story was actually quite interesting despite the narrators efforts.

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Delightful Tale

The layered story telling was delightful. Well crafted plot, character development, and pacing. Recommend the read for all!

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REWARDING

The Stardust Thief is filled with mystery and excitement. Taking you through the past and present lives of characters. Engulfing your senses to see as it untwines chapter after chapter.
I am excited about book two and can not wait to read it. I can imagine this book as a top movie in the future.
Thank you Chelsea for opening your mind and imagination up to all the world.