One Thousand and One Arabian Nights inspired story about a girl named Loulie, known as the Midnight Merchant, who is sent on a mission by the Sultan to find a magic lamp. The Sultan wants to use this lamp to bring life back to the desert at the cost of killing all the Jinn.
There’s a lot that happens in this book and most of it I found interesting and engaging. There’s adventure, danger, mystery, secrets, friendship, betrayal, ghoul attacks, magical relics, and murder but I think the highlight of the story are Loulie and her bodyguard Qadir. They are both well put together characters, and their relationship is interesting until the very last page.
Chelsea Abdullah does a wonderful job creating a rich world using detailed descriptions of the environment and her magic system works well. I enjoyed the atmosphere most of all but I thought the story could have been a little bit more exciting. Don’t get me wrong, there’s exciting stuff that happens, but this book was very long and could have been pruned down just a tad. Towards the end, I was just waiting for it to finish.
I listened to this on audiobook. The Narrators did a good job but at times, I found it difficult to tell which character was speaking. I had to go back and listen to parts again a few times.
I gave this book 3 out of 5. It’s supposed to be a trilogy, and I think it has potential, but I am not sure I will read the following books.
If you’d like to read more about The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah, check it out on Goodreads.
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