Top Arabian Fantasy Books! 

My young adult fantasy book, Where Carpets Fly, is influenced by some Arabian and Middle-Eastern elements: flying carpets, Persian architecture, and Mediterranean food and climate.

I’ve been looking for other fantasy books that use similar themes and created a Goodreads list and bookshelf for Arabian-style fantasy, and also a Facebook group on the same theme. Please come and vote on the Goodreads list and join the Facebook group!

Below, I’ve listed all the books I’ve found to date that fit the theme. If you can think of any others, please let me know in the comments. Over time, I plan to read the books and review them on Goodreads or here on Magic Writer and to chat about them in the Facebook group. Also, if you’ve read any of those below and enjoyed them, let me know and I will prioritise reading them! The list includes the year of publication from most recent to oldest.

  1. The Uncooperative Flying Carpet – Michele Clark McConnochie – 2016
  2. Sorcerer’s Flying Carpet – Alan L. Klein – 2016
  3. Daughter of Nomads – Rosanne Hawke – 2016
  4. Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton – 2016
  5. The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh – 2015
  6. A Thousand Nights – E. K. Johnston – 2015
  7. Jin in Time – Karin de Havin – 2015
  8. The Desert of Souls – Howard Andrew Jones – 2011
  9. Aladdin Relighted – J. R. Rain – 2011
  10. Oregonian Nights – Jim Riva – 2011
  11. Behemoth – Scott Westerfield – 2010
  12. The Arabian Nights – Andrew Lang – 2008
  13. Ruby Rosemount and the Magic Carpet – Jodie Brownlee – 2004
  14. The Arabian Nightmare – Robert Irwin – 2002
  15. The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet – Tony Abbott – 1999
  16. Shadow Spinner – Susan Fletcher – 1998
  17. The Storyteller’s Daughter – Cameron A. Dokey – 1997
  18. Castle in the Air – Diana Wynne Jones – 1990
  19. The Lives of Christopher Chant – Diana Wynne Jones – 1988
  20. Sword-Dancer – Jennifer Roberson – 1986
  21. The Phoenix and the Carpet – E. Nesbit – 1904


  1. Shadow Spinner! I’d forgotten about that book, but I read it as a kid and as far as I remember, enjoyed it!

    I’ve read EK Johnston’s A Thousand Nights recently and it was pretty good. So were Behemoth and The Lives of Christopher Chant.

    Castle in the Air was AMAZING but I’m somewhat biased because I love Jones’s books!

  2. Oh no! More books to add to my list. 🙂

    I read A Thousand Nights and found it mediocre. The Wrath and the Dawn, well . . . I’ve shared my thoughts on that.

    I also read Shadow Spinner several times as a kid and enjoyed it. Also like the Storyteller’s Daughter.

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