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eBook The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of "The Arabian Nights" By Cameron Dokey –

In A Faraway Kingdom, A King Has Been Betrayed Deeply Hurt And Bitterly Angry, He Vows Never To Be Deceived Again Unfortunately, The King S Plan To Protect Himself Will Endanger All Of The Realm S Young Women, Unless One Of Them Will Volunteer To Marry The King And Surrender Her Life To Everyone S Relief And Horror, One Young Woman Steps Forward The Daughter Of A Legendary Storyteller, Shahrazad Believes It Is Her Destiny To Accept This Risk And Sacrifice HerselfOn The Night Of Her Wedding To The King, Shahrazad Begins To Weave A Tale Fascinated, The King Lets Her Live Night After Night Just When Shahrazad Dares To Believe That She Has Found A Way To Keep Her Life And An Unexpected Love A Treacherous Plot Will Disrupt Her Plan Now She Can Only Hope That Love Is Strong Enough To Save Her

10 thoughts on “The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of "The Arabian Nights"

  1. says:

    4.5 starsIf you didn t happen to catch it from the title, this is a retelling of The Arabian Nights You know, the one about the woman named Shahrazad who keeps herself from getting killed every morning, by spinning the world s greatest To Be Continued story every night Well, this is her version of the tale And it s good Really good.The best part is that it s beautifully written, but the author doesn t bore you to death by describing every grain of sand in the desert I m definitely going to be checking out of these once Upon a Time stories.

  2. says:

    4,5 Stars I loved this retelling of the Arabian Nights tale The story itself is so powerful and the writting is so lyrical and tale like I devoured it in one sitting You think you know a story just because you ve heard a million versions of it growing up, but I m really impressed with how Cameron Dokey managed to make it fresh and still stick to the original story Her characters are vibrant with emotions and faults, they are fatalists and defiants, but most of all they learn from their mistakes, they forgive and move on in their life changed.I sure will check out the rest of the Once Upon A Time series of this author If the rest are so masterful as this one, then I m certain it will be a delight to read them.

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    I would wager that everyone belonging to GoodReads would say that they love books, and love reading Those of us that are librarians have decided to devote ourselves to the cause.Why is the Story so powerful In the hands of storyteller Dokey, the maiden Shahrazad who must please the king with her nightly story becomes a metaphor for the Story itself Will you turn the next page or not Will you open your heart to the story or not Those who do, find that the double power of Story is that it reveals hearts, and changes hearts And so the maiden is able to heal the King from his damaged, betrayed heart.From the prologue A story is alive, as you and I are It is rounded by muscle and sinew Rushed with blood Layered with skin, both rough and smooth At its core lies soft marrow of hard, white bone A story beats with the heart of every person who has every strained ears to listen On the breath of the storyteller, it soars Dokey makes a story soar.

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    This is definitely one of the top 5 in the series so far It has rejuvenated my faith in the series Although I couldn t give it 5 stars it was pretty close.I was relieved when Shahrazad I think that s her name marries the King before the first quarter of the book ended, since it usually takes longer for Dokey to let the adventure start So I got to see of the guy the girl is supposed to fall in love with I ve only read one other book with this retelling so it was a fresher retelling to me Dokey writes the book as if she were a storyteller with an audience present, which was the point Shahrazad is the one who is supposed to be telling the story, so of course she would tell it like a storyteller When Shahrazad started to tell the story to the King and her sister I was preparing myself to read right on through until she was done, because usually when there is a story within a story I can t help thinking, alright alright I get it, lets just get back to the real story already I shouldn t have worried, it turned out that I enjoyed the story within the story too The only thing that irked me was the ending I couldn t quite make out whether or not I liked it It s not that it was bad, Shahrazad and the King get their happily ever after, but it seemed a bitextended That is the only word I can think of It s not like the end went on forever, and I do like knowing all the answers by the end of books, but I think Dokey gave information then she needed to It kind of let the feeling of the book fade.

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    Ever since I read the beautiful, enchanting book that was The Wrath the Dawn, I ve always been on the hunt for retellings of One Thousand and One Nights collectively known in English as The Arabian Nights To be honest, I don t know the full details of the original story, only that an evil king took one bride every night and killed her off the next morning, and so a brave young female storyteller stepped up She told the king one story every night, and the king was so captivated by her stories that he let her live on the next day, and this went on for 1001 nights I am not very sure about the ending, though.The Storyteller s Daughter A Retelling of The Arabian Nights was riveting and kept my interest enough to leave me eagerly turning the pages wanting to know what happened next However, I don t think it brought anything new to the original retelling Overall, it had lovely writing and was altogether interesting, but this book wouldn t leave a lasting impression on me in the long run It reminded me of a children s fairy tale enchanting enough to keep your attention one moment, but easily forgettable the next.

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    Devour The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and need another Arabian Nights retelling Try the 2002 release called The Storyteller s Daughter by Cameron Dokey The author s writing is absolutely beautiful and truly has a fairytale quality about it It s a short novel but it has just about everything you could want in a retelling of a classic I think I need to try from this author and continue this series of retellings.

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    Though I m only giving this book 3 stars, I liked it overall a lot than you probably think is 3 stars worth Give me a moment and I ll try to explain.Dokey attempts a revisionist version of the classic tale of Shahrazad, incorporating some material from The Arabian Nights, omitting a lot of it, and then creating an elaborate frame that allows all of the characters you d care about in a happy fairy tale version to be sympathetic, despite doing things like proclaiming that they re going to marry virgins, spend one night with them, and then execute them Ahem, King Shahrayar Not most people s idea of a romantic hero The thing is, Dokey succeeds at what she s trying to do admirably well Trying to keep myself in a fairy tale frame of mind, I managed to like Shahrayar who didn t actually end up killing any wives in this version, of course his brother Shazaman who did behead a cheating wife and her lover, but one is supposed to accept that this is a suitable punishment for infidelity a young man named Ajib who orchestrates a major betrayal of Shahrazad and Shahrayar, but ultimately pulls a double double cross and saves them from being executed and of course Shahrazad, who is a brilliant storyteller and not at all crazy despite sequestering herself from the world and not leaving her room for something like 8 years Beyond that, there are times when Dokey s prose is of a much higher caliber than you re probably expecting from a fairy tale type book marketed at young adults, and I would happily quote it to adults I know with excellent taste in writing I will say this, however, about the prose there s a short section at the beginning of the book in the first person that some readers think is REALLY incredible, and I happen to think it s a bit overdone and doesn t belong here I think Dokey s most effective and sophisticated prose comes in later passages, only once she has abandoned the first person introduction and stopped trying to show off quite so blatantly She is clearly a gifted writer, and I think she was really determined to come out of the gate not being a generic YA writer with a limited vocabulary and a non threatening voice but once she got that out of her system, she actually did better at proving her case by writing to suit the story instead of to establish her lit cred The problem is, I find myself hesitating to recommend this book to people I think might like it because it s also all too easy for me to think that they might not like it because these characters live in a rather brutal old fashioned middle eastern world where things happen like beheading unfaithful spouses and kings issuing proclamations that they will bed and murder virgins while their whole country just sits back in misery and terror, waiting for the slayings I think whether any given person can suspend his her disbelief and enjoy this story depends not only on their predisposition and ideals, but also their mood on any given day I was in the closest thing to the right frame of mind when I read it, and there were parts of The Storyteller s Daughter I thought were really beautiful and moving It definitely did not strike me as immature, much less childish or simplistic But I won t deny that Shahrayar is a hard sell as a sympathetic character, and even though Dokey does as well as anyone could to make him a Handsome Prince, I can see why you might choose to look elsewhere if you re in the mood for a fairy tale This is structured like a fairy tale because it s so blatantly a Happily Ever After version of the story, but the amount of psychological complexity can lead you to take the story seriously as than a fairy tale, and then it starts to fall apart because most of us can t really accept and forgive ideas like murdering innocents or even unfaithful spouses It s a little sad that by making the story sophisticated and emotionally complex, Dokey may have exceeded the bounds of what the classic tale of The Arabian Nights can sustain as a romance The focus of the original was the tales told by Shahrazad, and that might be the wiser course of action to stick to But if you think you can suspend your discomfort with some of the core concepts of The Arabian Nights and if you re interested in non standard revisionist fairy tales, I would recommend this book It s unique and special in several ways, and even brought me close to tears than once.

  8. says:

    Retelling of Arabain Nights.My favorite of the Once Upon A Time series.The writing is lovely.Insta love is not to be found.The characters are believeable and likable.

  9. says:

    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 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.

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    The Storyteller s Daughter is the retelling of the Arabian Nights story, so now you know the plot or do you The narrator is Shahrazad, the storyteller of a thousand and one nights You think you already know the story but she says that you really know only a small part, and what she is about to relate has never before been told.The book s prologue is probably my favorite part Shahrazad comes alive, speaking poetically and directly to you about the nature of stories and catching your interest A story is alive, as you and I are A story beats with the heart of every person who has ever strained ears to listen On the breath of the storyteller, it soars In this book, we get to hear not only Shahrazad s own story, but also some of the fantastical stories she tells to keep herself alive each night We learn why the king was so coldhearted and how Shahrazad brings him back to life and love We follow palace intrigues and watch characters grow.The book is actually probably a five star book except that I always wish for in a fairy tale genre I want details of everyday life rather than the sweeping broad strokes where princesses are beautiful and good and kings are wise and brave and everybody lives happily ever after except for the vanquished ogres and dragons not that this story has ogres and dragons, but it does have disloyal queens and jealous servants Fairytale retellings generally do add meat to the Story, and Beauty by Robin McKinley is my standard However, this was a good story, much to enjoy about it You ll like it, I think.