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Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah (ARC)

"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.

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."

Pages: 480


I received The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah for free on NetGalley by Orbit UK in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much for my advanced copy! And thank you Waterstones for delivering my preorder early so I could get these photos! The Stardust Thief publishes tomorrow in the UK.

I’m calling this now - this is the BOOK OF THE YEAR! In fact, it’s become one of my all time favourite books!! Within the first 10 pages I got that magical feeling where I knew that this book was going to be special and I loved every single moment of it!

I was instantly hooked by the incredible writing and practically devoured the book! I read over half of the story in one sitting - it would have been the whole book but having to go to work sabotaged me 😂

The characters are amazing and fulfil my favourite trope of found family!! I felt instantly connected to them and the multi-POV throughout the book was done so well! Plus the mini stories that are weaved into this story add amazing layers to the worldbuilding in such intricate, gorgeous detail. I was fully immersed into this world and didn’t want to leave! It had everything that I love from a story - fantastic writing, interesting plot, incredible worldbuilding and extraordinary characters all together - it is brilliant!

Chelsea is a magical storyteller and The Stardust Thief is definitely stealing all of my stars! (Sorry for the pun I couldn’t help myself 😂) Thank you so much for such a wonderful story! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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