Title: Thief of Cahraman
Author: Lucy Tempest
Genre & Themes: Fantasy, retelling
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, 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…
A gender-bent Aladdin retelling with a badass protagonist and mythology references 😍
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 😒 All of them were well-rounded characters.
Cyrus was a total bae 😍 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!
Four stars = really good, I might’ve loved it, but not an all-time favorite because I didn’t connect with it personally
Have you read Thief of Cahraman? What did you think?