Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Chelsea Abdullah’s The Stardust Thief weaves an exciting magic-laden tale with some twists & turns I wasn’t expecting & plenty of dramatic moments that propel the story forward.
Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant. She’s also the survivor of a horrendous attack against her tribe that resulted in the loss of her entire family. After it was over, & she had only a compass remaining, a jinn named Qadir offered to be her guide.
In present-day, the Sultan discovers Loulie’s identity & she’s sent on a quest for a relic. Unbeknownst to the mercurial Sultan—who’s made it his business to eradicate jinn—is that Qadir accompanies her. So does his son Mazen who’s in disguise as his brother, head of a group of jinn hunters, thanks to a relic.
Loulie & the rest of the group find so much on their journey across the desert, including the answers to some questions that have plagued her since she lost her family.
There’s a complexity to the situation between humans & jinn, with both sides capable of violence & danger. The story is detailed & filled with stirring imagery.
For whatever reason I never became fully invested in the characters & their journey but I did really enjoy aspects of this read & I think it will appeal to many fantasy readers.
4 ⭐️. Release date: 05/17.
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