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Thief of Cahraman

A Retelling of Aladdin (Fairytales of Folkshore, Book 1)
Narrated by: Mary Hildebrandt
Series: Fairytales of Folkshore, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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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....

This is a full-length novel. Audiobook one of three in the Cahraman Trilogy.

Fairytales of Folkshore is a series of interconnected fairy-tale retellings. Ada’s story continues in Prince of Cahraman.

©2018 - Lucy Tempest (P)2018 Lucy Tempest

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Magic in the making

An enchanting twist on a fairytale married with an amazing voice actor whisks the listener away to a far off land. I am eager to get the next book in the series and see what happens to all our characters, I have a feeling that like the Princess in 1001 Arabian nights, each book will leave you hanging and hungry for the next. Bravo!

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Aladdin Retelling with an Amazing Narrator

I haven't read that many Aladdin retellings, and it will be hard from now on to top this one! It is such a cool blend of Aladdin and magic and vibrant settings along with your semi-typical bride search/contest, though with the main girl character having to hide her identity as a thief from a different land thrown into the bargain. There is enough intrigue and mystery to keep this book feeling cliche or typical.

To top it all off, the audiobook version is well done. The narrator has the perfect YA fantasy voice that is sure to give me an audiobook hangover once I run out of audiobooks in this series. I will be looking up other audiobooks done by Mary Hildebrandt since the ones I've listened to by her have been excellent.

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Masterful Storytelling and Delightful Performance!

I picked this book from NetGalley based on the magnificent cover and the promise that it's a cross between The Selection and Aladdin, both that I love. The wonderful surprise was that I found it FAR better than either! The writing is incredible, the pace is perfect, the characters are unique and fully flesh out to the point I felt I knew them, can see and hear them. I went on to buy the audiobook (for only an extra $7.49...a steal IMO) and also bought the paperback (absolutely gorgeous), before going on to purchase and pre-order every book I could find of this series and author. That was how much I loved this book!

The narration is superb, with the narrator's voice so sweet, fresh and expressive. She did a perfect job with Ada, the heroine, exactly as I imagined her voice and character in my head. She also did an incredible job with every other character. Every time she did Cherine, I burst out laughing! Her pacing is spot on and I could listen to her for hours (which I did...and have since re-listened and I can't wait for the rest of the series audiobooks!)

This is the YA fantasy novel I'd been hoping to find, with a protagonist who is versatile, resilient, witty and compassionate, and with very healthy female relationships when Ada befriends her so-called rivals. As for the hero, Cyrus is what every girl and woman should look for, a love interest who is both manly and gentlemanly as well as capable, courageous, fun and kind.

This is a book I wholeheartedly recommend in all its formats to everyone who loves fantasy with immaculate world building, YA with complex characters and clean romance between protagonists who are admirable and share perfect chemistry. For me, this is an author to follow from now on, whatever she writes, and I hope she becomes the bestseller she deserves to be. Give her a try today. You'll be glad you did.

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Great Book

This book, loosely based on Aladdin, with a female main character is a lot of fun. I think this narrator sounds just a little too sweet for our streetwise protagonist, but she uses sarcasm so beautifully that the book is a delight to listen to.

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An amazing retelling superbly narrated!

I loved everything about this book. The writing, the world building, the amazing main character and equally developed and lovable side characters. This is the best retelling I've read in forever, so clever with the gender-bent angle! Making Aladdin a girl is a stroke of genius and mixing the beloved story with The Selection-like competition gave it all an extra magical and addictive dimension. The narration is top notch with a youthful, delightful voice and an incredible acting ability. On to the next book, though I expect a book hangover once I'm done with the second installment in the series, as the next books in the series are not available in Audible yet. But I'll sure to download them the moment they're available!

I can't recommend both author and narrator enough! Do yourselves a favor and acquire this delightful work of art for your library today.

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Cheesy but entertaining

The first time I started this book I ended up turning it off after one chapter. It was way too cheesy. A couple of months later I tried again with a new mindset and I actually really enjoyed it a lot. Reminded me of the selection series. It’s a little cheesy, but really enjoyable and I actually am going to purchase book 2.

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Great story! Gripping plot! Annoying voices.

Such a fun sTory! I’ve never read an Aladdin retelling before and so it was new and exciting. I loved seeing the other fairytale characters pop up. My one complaint is with the narrator- she did an amazing job narrating Ada’s thoughts, but her other voices were annoying. They were either high and squeaky or deep and slow. Apart from the voices though, I loved this book! I’ve already devoured the second one LOL!