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A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Genre: Historical, Mystery, Fantasy
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 4’5/5
Publisher: Orbit Books
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About The Book

Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.
So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, Al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world fifty years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be Al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.
Alongside her Ministry colleagues and a familiar person from her past, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city – or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems . . .


My Thoughts

I’ll start saying that I loved this book and the world that the author has created; a world with magic in Cairo… a little bit of Aladdin with a dangerous prophecy, super addictive!
I’ll advise that this is the third story of the series “Dead Djinn Universe” but you can read it as standalone, but I think that this is one of those books that is impossible to not fall in love with the characters and the magic that the story emits, it’s addictive and you’ll need to know how everything started.
I loved being transported to Cairo, it’s a city that I haven’t had the chance to visit but for me it has a special enchantment that P. Djèlí Clark, the author, has reflected perfectly on the story. The possibility of having your own Djinn is real in the book, but they are not so funny and happy like Aladdin, but much more darker and with a killer instinct!
I liked how Fatma el-Sha’arawi is ready to fight any type of danger, she never know what type of danger she is confronting, but is ready to fight with all of her power. She will have to pair up with a rookie partner in this case; and let’s be honest, she will struggle to work with someone else, but on the other side, her girlfriend Siti will have links to the case making the situation more complicated than she expects.
This is an adventure mystery, maybe you’ll guess the killer, but I don’t think that’s the most important part of the story but all the little details that makes it different and so magic!
If you are looking for a new world to disconnect and a dangerous killer to catch, this is your book, believe me!
Are you ready for “A Master of Djinn”?


About The Author

Phenderson Djéli Clark is the award winning and Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of the novellas Ring Shout, The Black God’s Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. His stories have appeared in online venues such as Tor.com, Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Apex, Lightspeed, Fireside Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and in print anthologies including, Griots, Hidden Youth and Clockwork Cairo. He is a founding member of FIYAH Literary Magazine and an infrequent reviewer at Strange Horizons. You can read his ramblings on SFF, history, & diversity at his aptly named blog, The Disgruntled Haradrim. His debut full length novel a Master of Djinn will be published by Tor.com in May 2021.