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The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of the Arabian Nights

(Once Upon a Time)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  10,966 ratings  ·  731 reviews
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 leg
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Paperback, 221 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Simon Pulse (first published September 29th 1997)
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Anne
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

If 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
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Irene Sim
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 m
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Alice
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Valerie
Oct 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
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 more 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
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enqi ☁️✨ [joon's]
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 s
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Lauren Stoolfire
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 more from this author and continue this series of retellings.

snowplum
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Though I'm only giving this book 3 stars, I liked it overall a lot more 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 m
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Elevetha
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
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.
Karissa
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Dlora
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 in
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Chris
I'm not the target audience for this book. Right now, I looked at all the wonderful reviews of this novel and wonder if the people read the same book I did. Maybe I'm too picky.

Go read any translation of nights instead of this.

I have problems with this book. The first is that the character of Shahrazad makes no sense. All of sudden she's blind. All of sudden she's a wonderful story teller who understands people even though she avoided people by locking herself in her room. By the way, Shahrazad,
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Azbaqiyah
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, young-adult
Plot - It's a retelling but somehow I don't feel like it. It just you add something to in between the original story. But I enjoy all the Sharazard's story...

Character - The character name are all the same...Sharazad, Shazaman, Sharayar, Dinarzard...and I kept confused because of it...

World Building - It's didn't descirbe where this place takes...but the author do mention about India and Indochina so I asume it's takes place at our world.

Writing Style - Remember when you reading Aesop Fable? Cam
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Jennifer
Oct 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
There are so many wonderful reviews about this book that I think maybe I missed something. I'm afraid I just didn't enjoy it. I struggled through every page thinking that maybe it would get more interesting. I just never found what others did. It is nonsensical to believe that Shahrazad could have such insight into people without ever having spent any time with any. The stories that were found in the cloth featured wise, strong women yet in the world around Shahrazad none of those women really e ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
I'm new to the YA fantasy genre so I'm not really sure how to review in comparison to others in this genre. It was a easy, enjoyable read without a ton of filler. The story was simple and straight-forward. Something I think my daughter could and probably should read. (If I could get her into reading).
Mary Bronson
I really enjoyed reading this re-telling of the Arabian Nights. I thought the characters and plot were very well written. I liked how this story is written like it was being told to a set of readers. Shahrazad was such a great main character. I also love the different chapters had a few stories. I enjoyed reading those and they had great lessons.
Maia B.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I love fairy tale retellings. I mean, I love them. I love seeing what authors do with the old stories, how they twist them and pull them apart and add feisty heroines and princes with a bit more depth than the average Grimm paragon. It helps if the retelling comes with lovely writing, romance, and a dollop of humor - but adds something entirely new to the old tale.

And as fairy tale retellings go, this is a good one. The writing is not lovely, but it's interesting and fits with the plot and the s
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Loraine
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
SUMMARY: "ONCE UPON A TIME"IS TIMELESS

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 sacr
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Lady Knight
Cameron Dokey does a splendid job with her retelling of the Arabian Nights! I loved every page of it and read it cover to cover in a couple of hours. Definitely one of my top favorites in the "Once Upon a Time..." series.

Shahrazad is the daughter of the vizier and a storyteller. Shahrayar is the crown prince. After his father's death, Shahrayar divides the kingdom between himself and his brother, and as the years pass great peace comes to the land. However, both brothers soon discover that their
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Rebecca
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! Shahrazad's own story is told, along with the stories she weaves, against an authentic ancient middle-eastern background, complete with desert heat, tribal loyalty, exiled kings who are locked away instead of killed, and women who use their beauty and skill-- and sometimes cunning-- to control the men they love, and thus the history of their kingdoms. (One quote: After finishing a very long story..."I notice that once again it is the women who are ...more
Janell
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, I enjoyed this one even more than Beauty Sleep. I wouldn't necessarily call this a fairy tale and the writing style was a little different, but it was the characters that I really enjoyed the most. I also like stories when the hero and heroine must rise above the challenges they face, including ones they've unknowingly created for themselves. Like many fairy tales, it has a little treachery but unlike most fairy tales, however, this one has some blood being spilled. This is defini ...more
Trisha
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was a very odd re-telling. Told more like a bible verse or parable, it had a lot of "and so it came to pass" and "remember, seek that which you are meant to be and not what you are not" kind of stuff.

This is not my favorite way to read a story. It's a personal preference, but I feel like it keeps me away from the characters. As I'm a character reader, this takes away from my enjoying the story through the character - instead it just feels like....a story. Something on paper that never come
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Albert
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Great book with a wonderful cast! Learned great lessons from it! I enjoyed this book in the time I was reading it. Exceeded my expectations! If you are looking for a series with lessons on how to be a true person of royalty, start with this series. I breathed a sigh of great victory when I was done with this book. I have to admit though that I wanted to end this book because I was eager to start on the next book in this series. So yeah. Cameron Dokey is an awesome philosophical writer herself! I ...more
Hafshie
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
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A fairy tale that is new to my hearing. I was hesitant to read it because I’m not a big fan of fairy tales, but I really don’t know what I have eaten that made my mind open up this book. I guess I just want some new taste of magical story with moral lessons. I’m now planning to read this Once Upon a Time series or collection of fairy tales. I’m expecting to discover new fairytales which I haven’t seen or learned before. I
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Ashanti Davis
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ashanti
The Storyteller's Daughter is a wonderful story, by far my favorite book. Its a different but more remarkable telling of the Arabian Nights. The book portrays a faraway kingdom, where 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. Sharazada steps forward. Now Sharazada is the daug
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Angela
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Angela by: Buddy read with Sonia! (:
Cameron Dokey's retellings are always creative and fun to read. This is no exception, but it fell short. As much as I enjoyed it, it lost me somewhere along the way. In the beginning, I was very confused with the names. They're all so similar: Shahrazad, Shahrayar, Shazaman. I got the hang of it after a few chapters, thank goodness.

I loved how the book started out. Dokey's writing really is beautiful. The prologue completely caught my interest. A story is alive, as you and I are. It's so fitting
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Josephina
As I've written before, the "Once Upon a Time" series has been a bit iffy to me. I've enjoyed the concept more than the execution, overall. Because of that, I was probably more lenient with this particular addition. I would probably be harsher towards it, otherwise.

The Storyteller's Daughter is one of the stronger books in the series, I think. It's not perfect. The writing style is a bit muddled. There is some head-hopping. The stories within the stories are a little transparent. The book held m
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Sandy
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
story inspired by the magical and romantic tale of Shahrazad from The Arabian Nights. When betrayed by his queen, Shahrayar's heart turns coldly to stone. He vows to take a new wife once each month, at the full moon, but to keep her only one night, killing her in the morning. Shahrazad, the 17-year-old blind daughter of the king's vizier and Maju, a blind storyteller, concocts a plan to reach the king's heart. She will begin a story each night that will not be finished in the morning. Three sto ...more
Alexandra Ray
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
After reading a book in this Once Upon a Time series by a different author with which I was less than impressed, I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book. Cameron Dokey, however, put my mind at immediate ease with her beautiful writing style, and in 218 pages she weaved an even more beautiful story.

I wasn't familiar with the story of One Thousand and One Nights beyond what was presented in Wishbone, so again I didn't know what to expect. All I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed re
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trishchakri
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"My tale was one of a king so foolish he almost lost everything for not being able to see what was right in front of him."

The entire story can be summed up in that one statement. After being betrayed by his wife, a king forgets how to love and trust. He closes his heart to the world. But since his kingdom needs a queen, he comes up with a plan to marry a maiden every month and kill her the next morning. A one night queen (It is ridiculous, I know!). The people of the kingdom, who till now loved
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Ann-Marie
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was not at all what I was expecting (which I thought would be a flat, plain retelling of a fairytale I wasn't very interested in... hmmm why did I decide to read it in the first place if I was that much of a pessimist...uh right, back to the review!) What a wonderful surprise this book turned out to be. In the first few pages it sets the scene, tone and depiction of character. The story (and subsequent stories in the book as told by Shahazad) were just magical. Page turning. Exquisitel ...more
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Cameron Dokey is an American author living in Seattle, Washington. She has a collection of over 50 old sci-fi and horror films. Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California. Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature.

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