Review – Thief of Cahraman by Lucy Tempest


**Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Title Thief of Cahraman

Author Lucy Tempest

Description from Amazon

The Selection meets Aladdin
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…

Initial Thoughts

The first line of that description.  The Selection meets Aladdin.  As some of you may know, I love Aladdin.  When I was younger, I could literally watch that movie all day long.  I used to have it on VHS and I would watch it, rewind it, and watch it again.  I also haven’t written about it, but I really enjoyed The Selection Series by Kiera Cass.  I read it about 5 years ago but I still remember how much I loved it.  So basically, this book sounded like a combo of two things that I already adored.  Therefore, I had to read it.

Favorite Character

Cherine – I seem to have a tendency to gravitate toward sassy characters (please see Iltani from Gravemaidens).  Cherine was perfect.  She was mean most of the time, kind of an air head, and she became a better person for knowing Adelaide.  I love to see a main character who is a good person and it rubs off on other characters.

Cover Art

There are things I like and dislike about this cover:


  • The color scheme
  • The border
  • The Aladdin-esque architecture in the background


  • The girl on the cover – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I don’t like to be told what to imagine.  If I wanted someone to show me what a character looked like, I’d watch TV.  When I read, I like to use my imagination.  When a cover has a photo of a character, It’s hard to not picture that the whole time I’m reading.
  • Her pose – not only do I not like the photo, I think it’s a very odd pose.  Adelaide is strong, fearless, and smart, so why is she standing like that?

How could I have made it better?  Take the girl out and make the building in the background more prominent.

Series Value

Semi-spoiler alert: this book ends on a cliffhanger.  That’s the best way to get me hooked, leave me with an unfinished ending.  I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

Also, I think it’s great that Lucy Tempest has left a lot of open space for other fairy tale retellings to develop in this world.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

How obvious the plot twists were.  I found they were a bit predictable.  Not predictable enough to deter me but enough that I was a little disappointed that Adelaide’s character didn’t see through them.

Final Thoughts

I really liked this story.  I am so glad I received a copy on NetGalley.  For being an Aladding retelling, I thought it was very well done.  I like to think of myself as an Aladdin expert (having seen it literally hundreds of times allows me this status) and this story really captured the feeling of the original.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith – I haven’t actually read this one yet but it gives me all kinds of Aladdin vibes.
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – another bonus post because I haven’t read this one either!  But all the promo material I have seen gives me all kinds of Aladdin feels.
  • If you just like retellings – check out this post for other classic fairy tales: Fairy Tales – Original vs Retelling?


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