The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of ''The Arabian Nights'' (Once upon a Time Series)

The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of ''The Arabian Nights'' (Once upon a Time Series)

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ISBN-13: 9781416937760
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Series: Once upon a Time Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 241,055
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cameron Dokey is the author of nearly thirty young adult novels. Her other fairy tales include, The Storyteller’s Daughter, Sunlight and Shadow, and Golden. She has also written the #1 bestselling How Not to Spend Your Senior Year. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and four cats.

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The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of ''The Arabian Nights'' (Once upon a Time Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
LynnBuns More than 1 year ago
"The Storyteller's Daughter" is a fun and brisk retelling of the class "Arabian Nights." Having read about this classic before, I thought that a modern twist of this story would be refreshing as it was interesting, and indeed it was! For this story, a king named Shahrayar is betrayed by his wife, who was revealed to be unfaithful. He then becomes a completely different man, one who makes a rash decision that he shall take a new wife every full moon, but then execute her to avoid heartbreak / betrayal. The blind daughter of the storyteller, Sharazad then takes a chance, risking her life by marrying him. This story is found to be both moving and gradual, boiling up to the surprising climax later found in the story. The love that can be found between both Shahrayar and Sharazad, is not the typical "fairytale" fantasy. Their love grows as the story continues on with his frustration of not knowing who he truly is and what is in his heart. With the help of Sharazad and her magical words though, his barriers slowly break down and with a strong king and queen, the kingdom thrives . happily ever after! The story has a strong theme of confusion, betrayal, but love does conquer all. Dokey does a wonderful job of retelling this classic, and she cultivates the personalities of each character - Shahrayar, a kind man inside but one who has been burned by his wife, Sharazad, a gentle-hearted woman who has her mother's talent of storytelling which saves her from execution from Shahrayar who was ultimately intrigued by them. Down to the Sharazad's half sister, father, and many more. This story is a must read, so get your rear off the chair, and grab a copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best in this series. It has mystery, romance, and it's very emotional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've recently finished all of the books and so I've decided to review each of them in the following categories: story, characters, and my final comments. (Warning: Spoiler Alert on this whole review) (Story): This book is a retelling of the classic "Arabian Nights" story. In this version, a Persian king named Shahrayar is betrayed by his wife, allowing her betrayal to turn him from a righteous ruler to a bitter and angry man. He then sends out a decree that at every full moon, he will take on a new wife, but then execute her the following morning so she can't betray him. His subjects are horrified, until seventeen-year old Shahrazad steps forward to marry Shahrayar, with a plan to soften his heart up her sleeve. I'd heard of "The Arabian Nights" but haven't read anything based on it. To me, Dokey wrote it in a way that made it seem exotic and adventurous, but there were also moments that were subtle and moving. I also loved the romance between Shahrazad and Shahrayar in that it took time for their relationship to build which made it more realistic. I read it in only two days and each page kept me wanting to know what happens next. (Characters): The main character in the story is Shahrazad, whose story in a way reminds me of Queen Esther in that she's willing to die to save her people from slaughter. She's a storyteller rumored to become the greatest of her time, but she had to work her way to the top, which to me makes her more human. She also loves her father and half-sister and would do anything for them, which makes her mature for her age. Shahrayar is the male lead and I find him to be an interesting character, because by the end of the story he realizes the big mistake he's made and how it's affected him and his people's love for him. (Final Comments): All in all, I thought this book was captivating and I would highly recommend it to any young adult reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My problem with Dokey is usually that characters A and B fall in love with each other so suddenly that it's jarring. This is not a problem with this book. The plot does not rely on the love story alone, but keeps up the pace with political intrigue and - shocker! - character development. I understand that several people reviewing this book have complained that it is too complex or too boring; and, well, if you want nothing *but* fluffy romance or have a detrimentally short attention span it may be true. I, however, believe that it is absolutely worth a try. This book remains one of my favorite light reads. Shahrazad is a wonderful character, and it is very refreshing to read this tale from her point of view. Also, I positively adored the introductory chapter. It just resonates with me, somehow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how she was blind, but she didn't let that stop her. I also liked the story very much it's a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, a treat, refreshing, amazing, exleriting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book should make into a movie
diana_kelly More than 1 year ago
I am a great lover of fairy tales, and while I have not read an original version of this story, I knew the premise before I delved into the Storyteller's Daughter. I was not disappointed. The book is a quick read, and as enchanting as you would hope. The suspense of whether or not Shahirazad will live to see another day, and more importantly, whether you will get to hear the end of her story, is well done, and the characters, in a short amount of time, will worm their way into your affections. The Storyteller's daughter will leave you with a smile and a sudden desire to go purchase a copy of A Thousand and One Nights.
GeekyGirl104 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be one of my favorites in the series. I was a little confused at some parts so I had to reread it over again, but I recognized the stlye of writing right away and was able to recover what I had missed. It is easy to love the characters, even the king. Over all the book is a fatastic add to the Once Upon a Time Series.
Eandra More than 1 year ago
I like Dokey's writing; some of her descriptions are just so rich that one could get lost in her use of language. Dokey included. This tale meanders amongst characters and in and out of stories. Although this story is ostensibly told by Shahrazad, there is no real narrator, and as a result, it was difficult for me to become personally attached to any particular one of them. In addition, the flowery style of the narration takes some adjusting to. That said, there is real content to this story. Romance and intrigue, sprinkled with a dash of betrayal and revenge make for an exciting page-turner. Even people familiar with this classic tale will find themselves holding their breath in anticipation. Nonetheless, rest assured that there is the perfect happy ending, with all of the story's loose bits and ends tidily wrapped up. If you can get past the few technical difficulties, you will likely enjoy this short interpretation of one of literature's most beloved tales.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book, I was doing research on the different styles of writing, and chose this tale to study. My original purpose was for that study, but in reading it I became drawn into the story. This fresh view of A Thousand and One Nights was enchanting. Her switch between the story of Shahrazad, and the King's special story, was an entirely different style of writing, and brought a new flavor to the tale. This was the first of the Once Upon A Time collection I read, and so far remains my favorite. It too, is sitting on my shelf.
snapplechick on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Sharazad was never excepted in her father's land because her mother was considered an outsider. She came from a longline of gypsies and was known for her great talent in storytelling. It is prophesised that Sharazad will be the greatest storyteller every. Sharazad is put to the test when the king of her land is betrayed by his queen, and orders that every night he will take a bride and every following morning she will be killed. Everyone is shocked when Sharazad volunteers to wed this monsterous king. But never to worry because Sharazad's plan is flawless, right? This is a really great book. It was very interesting and surprising. I've read The Arabian Nights and this was a nice sort-of add on to the story since it doesn't describe Sharazad in detail,but the stories she tells. Cameron Dokey surprised me with this book because it is so different from her others.
Saieeda on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Beautiful and exotic, this book is wonderful recreation of the famous 1001 Arabian Nights. The Arabian Nights tales has always been of particular interest to me, and Shaharazad has remained a favored character. I expected to be disappointed by this retelling for young teens, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book offers a wonderful new spin on an ancient series of tales. The writing style is geared towards the intended audience, yet it retains an elegance that far exceeded my expectations. The descriptive element aided in the exotic feel of the story.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Previously I have read "Beauty Sleep" by Cameron Dokey, and I liked the story. So, I was excited to read another fairy tale retelling by Dokey. Unfortunately I found this retelling of "Arabian Nights" hard to get through and pretty boring.Shahrazad is the daughter of a great storyteller. When the King is betrayed by his wife, his heart turns to stone and he vows to marry a young woman each new moon and kill her the next morning. That is unless a young woman comes forward voluntarily knowing she will die the next day. Shahrazad decides it is her destiny to step forward and every morning her life is sparred as she tells a story that has no end.I had a lot of trouble getting through this book, even though it is relatively short. The language is stilted and somewhat difficult to read. Shahrazad is an uninspiring heroine that, despite talking about how women are always wiser, ends up showing herself to be a weaker character. None of the surrounding characters are any more inspiring. They are all un-emotional and two dimensional.The stories that Shahrazad tells all have a very transparent moral to them and I didn't find them to be very interesting, engaging, or surprising. I has hoped that either the story itself or the story Shahrazad tells would engage me, but I struggled to get through them despite the fact that the book is very short. The writing seemed, as I said, a bit stilted and immature. I had trouble telling that this book was written by the same author that had written "Beauty Sleep". There is no description of the world, and little description of what the characters are feeling.All in all this book was a disappointment to me. I am still planning on reading a couple other of Dokey's fairy tale retellings since I did enjoy "Beauty Sleep." Overall if you are looking for an interesting retelling of "Arabian Nights" to read, I would look elsewhere.
ankhet on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This retelling of "The Arabian Nights" is told by Shahrazad herself - the titular Storyteller's Daughter. She tells the story of how she managed to save not only her own life, but the lives of countless young women, the life of her king and husband, and, last but not least, save her country.I liked this particular retelling quite a bit! It was a quick read, and I would recommend it for teens.
CornerDemon on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is one of my favorites in the "Once upon a Time" series. It is elegant, rich, and delightfully surprising. Scherazade's story of the Arabian Nights is rarely retold, and this retelling seemed to really bring it to life. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in this genre. It's worth cover price for, and more.
meyben on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Good story. Not as depressing as the real story. Shows how you can find what is truley in your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some pepole will not like this book. Not everyone will like the same thing but I will say this several years ago before i even liked to read i badly broke one are and fractured the other so badit was almost cnsidered a break. When i started to feel a little better i started to read this bookbecause i needed to read a bigger book at school for points to go in a trip. This was one of the first books i ever truly enjoyed reading. It is absolutly amazing and i said that evev when i didnt like to read which should say something
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This was a really good and heart touching book. In this it isbut very intense for the reader because they know the characters cant blindly trust anyone. Alot of characters had a change of heart and the bad brothers actually won for a while at the end until people stood up for the king and queen. This was a great story but the language the author used waa a little confusing and hard to follow.
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