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The Stardust Thief, 1
The Stardust Thief, 1 | Chelsea Abdullah
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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 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.
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Laughterhp
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😫😫😫 Why is this a trilogy? This was so good! Honestly it made me think that I really need to pick up Empire of Gold and finish that trilogy. The books aren‘t the same, but have djinn, deserts, some same magical creatures.

I‘m so glad I picked up this book. Also, my dog photobombed, thinking the pumpkin was a toy for him to destroy. 🤣

Book 1 finished for #NovelNovember

Andrew65 Sounds great. Well done 👏👏👏 1w
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Inspired by the classic 1,001 Nights stories, Abdullah kicks this series off with 3 human narrators- the Midnight Merchant, Loulie, who trades forbidden jinn relics, Prince Mazen with the heart of a storyteller & not a warrior & Aisha, one of the thieves of the sultan‘s older, murdery son. The jinn magic & characters are the show stealers here- I felt like the human characters just weren‘t as intriguing or developed… curious to see where it goes!

Breanne1 That is the CUTEST mouse!! 1mo
TorieStorieS @Breanne1 Thank you!! I found him a few years ago at our county craft fair! The woman who makes them always has the most darling creations!! 1mo
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lele1432
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I was going to grab this fantasy pick from #BOTM, but instead I just found and bought a copy with PINK SPRAYED EDGES! I think I‘m in love. 😍 A magical One Thousand and One Nights retelling for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 9: #Magic #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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Bookfan1414
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I spent an unnecessary amount of time crying my way through this book. What the actual hell. Is there a second book? There had better be since this ended in a highly unsatisfying manner.

wordslinger42 I'm planning on reading this soon! And I did hear that it's supposed to be a series! 2mo
Bookfan1414 I cry easily so it may not make someone else cry as I did but just in case, tissues recommended. 😀 2mo
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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This is the first high fantasy in a long time that I‘ve been able to read all the way through. The plot, characters, and pacing all weave together in a way that had me racing through the chapters to figure out where it was all leading. Definitely a 5 ⭐️ read! I can‘t wait to read the next book in the series!
#NSR22 #HighFantasy #NoShameReadathon22

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Nessavamusic
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I enjoyed this new fantasy adventure inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights. Filled with middle eastern folklore and great characters. This is an adult fantasy, but great for those new to the genre, as it is not too densely packed with characters. Not all of the characters are as strongly fleshed out as others, so not perfect, but a great start to a new trilogy. 4⭐️
This is my #doublespin read!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Lexeegee
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A great retelling of Arabian nights.

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Nessavamusic
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Neither here nor there, but long ago…

#FirstLineFridays

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BookLove4Ever
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I really enjoyed this fantasy adventure. The plot had a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing. Loulie, Qadir, Mazon, and Aisha were a great cast of characters. I‘m definitely looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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dmanto00
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫

I really loved the characters and multiple POV chapters. Such a great story and I‘m excited for the next two books to come in this series! #thestardustthief #chelseaabdullah

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LittlebearReads
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This was alright. Not quite the page-turner I was hoping it would be, and eventually the “but wait…there‘s more!” aspects of the plot became a little tiresome. I did enjoy the characters, though, and will be interested to see whether more of Aisha‘s background is revealed in the sequel.

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Nelnjali
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I didn't get a bingo this month, but I did get close and I finished my #BookSpin --- The Stardust Thief --- which was excellent.

#BookSpinBingo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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BookwormAHN
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I really loved this retelling of One Thousand & One Nights. Loulie along with her bodyguard/jinn Qadir are hired by the Sultan to find a magic lamp 🧞
#Booked2022 #InvolvesExploration @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#RoaringWolf #WhereYourCrown @Roary47 @Littlewolf1
#WickedWords #Stars @AsYouWish
#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#BOTM

Cinfhen So many hashtags 😍😍must be a great read!! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
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living_for_literature
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Amazing epic fantasy inspired by 1001 Nights. Though it is a retelling, I never knew what was going to happen next. (I thought I did but I was so wrong). Chelsea Abdullah had a way of taking the original narratives and making it into her own tale that evaluated morality and what that means.

KateReadsYA Oooo this sounds good 🤩 4mo
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JennO1
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My favorite book so far this year. I was a little hesitant since fantasy isn‘t my normal pick, but I was intrigued by the idea of a magical tale that was outside of the norm. I love this story. It‘s a book I‘m sure to read again.

TheSpineView I have this book, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Need to move it up on my TBR list. 5mo
JennO1 Hope you like it as much as I did! 4mo
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wideeyedreader
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This was a great debut fantasy! Loved the characters and the twists at the end ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Nelnjali
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Listening to The Stardust Thief and working on my cross-stitching. It is coming along nicely, and the book has been really good so far.

#audiostitching

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Kboltz
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Great retelling of the search for the magic lamp. Jinns and humans travel to find the lamp to revenge the sultan.

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Nelnjali
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I'm taking a staycation this week and starting it right with a lovely book on a gorgeous morning. And look, the crepe myrtle is finally blooming again! I was worried it wouldn't after it was butchered by the landlord's landscapers, but it is thriving again.

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Twainy
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HOORAY!!!

I did order the Waterstone‘s special edition of The Stardust Thief! Another book I‘m excited to read!

#TheStardustThief #Waterstones

KristiAhlers Oh that‘s so pretty! 5mo
Twainy @KristiAhlers I saw a purple one that I liked but it was a subscription box. I don‘t have a lot of orange books so the choice was easy 😁 5mo
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DisneyFan
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Mehso-so

Not a fan of fantasy.

I feel like it‘s always the following:
1. Need to save something/someone/somewhere OR Go on a Quest
2. Something magical and dangerous happens and everyone barely escapes with their life
3. Repeat until the end of the book/series

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DisneyFan
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Starting this one from #BOTM. I don‘t read Fantasy at all but when I heard this book had Jinns and Golems, I thought I‘d give it a try.

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wordslinger42
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I'm excited for this one! 😊

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KristiAhlers
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This is book 1 in a trilogy and I must say this series is off to a solid start. There are shades of One Thousand and One Nights. Full of world building and magic, vengeful jinn queen and two people forced to work together to survive. This ends with a cliffhanger and I‘m looking forward to the next book. #bigjunereadathon @Clwojick

Clwojick You are crushing it! 6mo
KristiAhlers @Clwojick I‘m sitting in a hospital room with my dad as he is being treated for CHF and pneumonia. Not much to do but read. Today I got to read and listen to him complain about being bored. So I‘m hoping this means he‘s on the mend. 😄 (edited) 6mo
Clwojick @KristiAhlers Gosh, I‘m sorry. Hope he starts feeling better soon. Let him know he‘s in our thoughts, and that I‘m sending non boring, totally fun healing vibes his way. 💙 6mo
KristiAhlers @Clwojick I love it! 😄 I‘ll let him know! Thank you 💙 6mo
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KristiAhlers
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Look what came in the mail today! Book Happiness from BOTM! Can‘t wait to dive into the tagged book! I love it when I get book mail! #bookhappiness #botm

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TheSpineView
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That was fast! My #BOTM came today! I am excited to read this one. Love book mail!💚📗📭

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TheSpineView
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I choose just one book this month, The Stardust Thief. I liked the synopsis. Hope it is good! What did you choose?

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KristiAhlers That was my pick too! 6mo
TheSpineView @KristiAhlers 👍Great minds! 6mo
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nitalibrarian
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For June's #botm I went with the fantasy and one of the thrillers.

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Beachesnbooks
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June #botm pick! This one hadn't really been on my radar but definitely sounds like something I'll like.

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BookwormAHN
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I'm rather underwhelmed by this month's #BOTM selection but I hope this will good. What did everyone else choose?

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Traci1
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It's #botm day! What's in your blue box? 💙

Twainy I ordered this book from Waterstones, exclusive edition. Can‘t wait for your review. … I liked the improbable Last Flight so I got The Lies I Tell for my June box. 6mo
Traci1 @Twainy I didn't realize that Lies I Tell had the same author as Last Flight. I liked that one a lot.. 6mo
Christyco125 I picked up The Lies I Tell and Things We Do In the Dark 6mo
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Branwen
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WHOO HOO! BOOK OF THE MONTH CHOICES ARE OFFICIALLY UP!!! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉

Here are my picks! Kind of bummed the new Riley Sager book wasn't an option, but I chose two other thrillers instead and of course the fantasy book! 😺💕📚 What is everyone else getting? #botm

Twainy These are the 3 I would have gotten. 6mo
vivastory I wish the Sager had been included, but I'm guessing it will be in the July box 6mo
Branwen @vivastory I was really disappointed about Sager! All his other books have been botm choices in the past! I hope you're right and that we'll see it for July! 6mo
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Follow.my.read
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Grand daughter‘s softball practice for guilt free reading! #TheStardustThief#Netgalley

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Follow.my.read
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I pre-ordered this back in November 2021 as soon as I read about it! Release is right around the corner, May 2022! #TheStardustThief#ChelseaAbdullah#OrbitBooks