// Series: Fairytales of Folkshore #1

// Genre & Themes: Fantasy, fairytale retelling, Aladdin retelling, young adult

// Publisher: Self-published

// Synopsis: 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…


I read Thief of Cahraman when it first came out and was available on Netgalley and I remember loving it. I hadn’t found a good time to continue the series, but I saw them on sale a few weeks ago and snatched them up. In short,

I loved this book.

Cute romance, interesting world, defined women within the story—it checked all my boxes. But the star of the book is the world that Lucy Tempest has created. I’m a sucker for interconnected fairy tales worlds. I read all 8 books set in this world in one week, and the way that they all built on each other was intriguing and perfectly executed. But I’ll get into that more in my reviews of the other books.

I would encourage you to not be deterred by the cover. Initially I almost skipped it because “girls in dresses” isn’t exactly enticing to me, but it was so worth it. And it’s an easy, quick read that you can finish in a day or two.

Part of the aesthetic board I made for Thief of Cahraman. Find it here

I really enjoyed Ada. I thought she was engaging and well-rounded, and I loved all her interactions with the other girls and Cyrus. I also was in-line with her feelings and emotions, which is rare for me when it comes to YA protagonists.

But the real love of my life is Cora.

She’s such a unique character in the YA world, and the more I got to know about her the more I loved her. Her book isn’t out yet, but I’m hyped for her story. She a tough farm girl that just does her own thing, and she doesn’t let men get in her way or let others’ opinions dictate how she acts. I just love her so much.

This story does rely on the “I can’t tell you” trope, which I don’t tend to like. But I knew that going in, so I could excuse it. As the trilogy goes on, I hope it moves past that trope and more into its own story.


⭑⭑⭑⭑☆

Overall, I gave Thief of Cahraman 4 stars. I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy fairytale retellings and cute romances, particularly if you like the work of C.J. Redwine.

When I post the reviews for the trilogy and the rets of the books, I’ll link them here.


Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann

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