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The Stardust Thief

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

Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One Nights, The Stardust Thief weaves the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a 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.

With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan's oldest son to find the artefact. 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 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"The Stardust Thief will transport you, enchant you and revive your belief in the magic of storytelling." (Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun)

"Sizzling with action and secrets, The Stardust Thief is a grand adventure with unforgettable characters, enchanting magic and plenty of heart." (Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage)

"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)

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  • 07-29-22

phenomenal!

I love this book so much! Chelsea Abdullah has made some of the funniest and endearing characters that I have read about in a long time

and the voice cast! can we talk about how phenomenal they all are?! I tend to flip between reading my hard copy and listening to an audio book but goodness it was hard to put the auduo book down as the voices were so amazing and in character just!!! I can't wait till the next book!!!

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  • R. Maines
  • 06-16-22

A good start..

An enjoyable take on the Arabian Night tales. The plot feels a bit padded out at times but the likeable characters make up for that, looking forward to book 2.

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  • Cailleach Eilidh
  • 09-16-22

On the whole, a decent story

I found it not that easy too get into for the first few chapters and a little difficult to follow in places but on the whole it's a good story.

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  • 08-13-22

Amazing!

What an adventure, start to finish! I love reading about middle eastern inspired fantasy, it's such a breath of fresh air after reading so many Tolkien-inspired derivatives. I also loved the shorter tales woven into the longer narrative.

Voice acting is also top notch though sometimes the female voices done by the male voice actor can get a bit shrill lol

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  • 07-05-22

It’s ok… could be great

This feels like a summary of someone’s year long al Qadim campaign ( long ago when that was still a thing)… some parts show great promise. I hope she keeps writing them and improves…

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  • Henrietta Podgorska
  • 11-08-22

Fantastic story

This was a fantastic story with great pacing and characters. I can’t wait for the other books.

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  • 08-09-22

I love love love loved this book

I loved this book. So much. 
If it wasn't for me having to respond to my 4 year olds needs. And every day commitments, I would have never put this down. So much fun, exciting, thrills and adventure, also mysterious and magical.