Thief of Charaman – A Retelling of Aladdin
by Lucy Tempest
Book 01 of the Fairytales of Folkshore series
Genre: Fairytale Retelling
Publication Date: 21 July 2018
The Selection meets Aladdin
ONE MONTH. FIFTY CONTESTANTS. ONE PRINCE. AN IMPOSSIBLE HEIST.
You have been summoned to Sunstone Palace to compete in our search for the future Queen of Cahraman.
After years on the run, Adelaide thinks her lonely and dangerous life as a thief is finally over. But her world is upended when a witch steals her away to a faraway kingdom, to perform an impossible heist. If Adelaide fails, her newfound family would be sacrificed to a beast.
To complete her mission, she’s forced to assume the role of a noblewoman and enter a royal competition. The prize is the hand of the elusive Crown Prince. Elimination means certain death.
As the witch’s literal deadline approaches, Adelaide has one last gamble to save the day, and to escape to a new life with Cyrus, the handsome and mysterious fellow thief who stole her heart.
But everything falls apart when the prince finally reveals himself…
One of my favorite things to read is fairytale retellings. It may not look like it since I’ve only reviewed one other retelling on this blog, (The Lady and the Wish by J. M. Stengl) but it’s true. And as Aladdin is one of my favorites, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this one!
The first thing that stood out to me was the modern/fantasy twist. While the world at first seems to be the classic Medieval fantasy, that assumption is quickly thrown out the window when one of the characters, Ella, comes riding up the road on a bicycle. Little modern elements are sprinkled throughout the story to give it just enough of a somewhat steampunk feel to make it different.
The second thing that stood out to me was the main character Adelaide’s longing to belong and be part of a family. For a fierce, feisty heroine, this was a nice twist that made her seem more human. And her rough-around-the-edged exterior hid a kind, loving heart underneath. Adelaide is definitely a character I would call well-built.
At first, I was confused by the changes made to the classic tale, as nothing seemed familiar, but once the pace started picking up, and key characters were introduced, all the pieces fell into place as they should have. Having the Jasmine character as the thief and the Aladdin character as the prince instead of the other way around was a brilliant twist, especially when Adelaide is dressed up like a high-born lady and thrown into a contest to win the prince’s heart. In a way, the roles were moved back to their original positions while remaining switched.
Thief of Cahraman is a fun, unique twist on the Aladdin fairytale and was one of the only books I have read recently that I actually sped through in only a couple of days.
I Rate It: 4 1/2 stars
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy from the author through NetGalley for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author:’
With one foot in reality and the other one lodge firmly in fantasy, Lucy Tempest has been spinning tales since she learned how to speak. Now, as an author, people can experience the worlds she creates for themselves.
Lucy lives in Southern California with her family and two spoiled cats, who would make terrible familiars.
Her young adult fantasy series FAIRYTALES OF FOLKSHORE is a collection of interconnected retellings, each with a unique twist on a timeless, beloved classic.