Thief of Cahraman \\ spoiler-free book review

Thief of Cahraman (Fairytales of Folkshore #1)

Title: Thief of Cahraman

Author: Lucy Tempest

Genre & Themes: Fantasy, retelling

Publisher: Indie

Format: Ebook (received via Netgalley. My opinion is still my own)


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, sheโ€™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 witchโ€™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 himselfโ€ฆ 

A gender-bent Aladdin retelling with a badass protagonist and mythology references ๐Ÿ˜

I read this book soooo long ago, wrote this whole review months ago, and never posted it?? I don’t even know how that happened. But I found this in my drafts and am about to read the second book, so it felt like a good time to post.

The writing was clear, but when it came to describing actual scenes it was hit-or-miss. Most of the time I had a good mental picture but occasionally I got confused.

The writing style reminded me of C.J. Redwine’s work. And you all know how I LOVE her novels! It’s perfect for retellings and mildly addictive.

All of Lucy Tempest’s novels overlap, so we got to see Cinderella, Belle, Persephone and probably more cameos that I missed! I love when stories do that and it was perfectly executed. I liked the storyline – it kept my interest, and the pacing was good. Although I’m not sure how it’s going to stretch over three books? Two, maybe.

All the characters were well-rounded, side and main characters, and I loved hearing about them!

A lot of the characters are from Lucy Tempest’s other retellings and the cameos were so much fun to see! I loved Cora, but the minute I realized that she was Persephone was the minute she became one of my favorite characters ever *insert pomegranate emoji*

I loved the friendships in this book! Ada found a group of friends who support her and it was the best! Cora was my favorite, but Cherine grew on me. And of course, there was that person that I hated ๐Ÿ˜’ All of them were well-rounded characters.

Cyrus was a total bae ๐Ÿ˜ I love the name, first of all, and he was so sweet and kind.

It’s built up so many storylines! So I don’t mind that the world building was a bit lackluster, since there will be more novels. It gave a good sense of certain scenes, but overall wasn’t completely immersive.

(btw the pronunciation guide and map we’re super helpful)

I also interviewed Lucy Tempest last year! You can find that here. We talked about world building, creating characters, Disney princesses, and Hogwarts Houses!

Star Rating


Four stars = really good, I might’ve loved it, but not an all-time favorite because I didnโ€™t connect with it personally

Have you read Thief of Cahraman? What did you think?

– Marrill

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