The Stardust Thief

The Stardust Thief

by Chelsea Abdullah
The Stardust Thief

The Stardust Thief

by Chelsea Abdullah


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This stunning fantasy debut sings with lyrical storytelling and lush world-building. Spun from traditional Middle Eastern folk tales, Abdullah has created something that feels both familiar and entirely new and exciting. The Stardust Thief is an epic adventure of ancient magic and found family.

Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One Nights, this book weaves together the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.

Neither here nor there, but long ago . . . 

Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land.

With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan's oldest son to find the artifact. Aided by her bodyguard, who has secrets of his own, they must survive ghoul attacks, outwit a vengeful jinn queen, and confront a malicious killer from Loulie's past. And, in a world where story is reality and illusion is truth, Loulie will discover that everything—her enemy, her magic, even her own past—is not what it seems, and she must decide who she will become in this new reality.
Praise for The Stardust Thief:

“A thrilling adventure about found families, ancient magic, and stories that linger." ―Shannon Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass

The Stardust Thief will transport you, enchant you, and revive your belief in the magic of storytelling.” ―Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316368865
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 12/27/2022
Series: The Sandsea Trilogy , #1
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 36,821
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Chelsea Abdullah is an American-Kuwaiti writer born and raised in Kuwait, where she grew up listening to stories about mysterious desert creatures and wily (only sometimes likable) heroes.
Consumed by wanderlust, she has put down roots in various states. After earning her MA in English at Duquesne University, she moved to New York, where she currently lives. When not immersed in her own fictional worlds, she spends her free time playing video games, doodling characters, and hoarding books she doesn’t have the shelf space for.
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