Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thief of Cahraman by Lucy Tempest - OPTIONAL

Thief of Cahraman by Lucy Tempest, 322 pages. Folkshore Press, 2018. $12.

Language: PG (8 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG



After years of wandering, Adelaide is enthralled by the idea of settling down in Aubenaire, where she has finally managed to make friends. Not too long after entertaining that thought, however, Adelaide finds herself in the land of fairy -- kidnapped by a witch. If Ada doesn’t comply with the witch’s demands, she will never be able to return to the life she was just beginning to believe was possible.

In this gender-swapped retelling of Aladdin, I loved finding all the details that evoke memories of the familiar story while still getting a unique spin-off. However, I was disappointed by how slow the story moved, especially in the beginning. I had a hard time engaging with the story until Adelaide gets to the palace, but even that progress on her quest became repetitive. Two sequels follow this book, and I can’t imagine how the loose ends can fill that many pages.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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