Saturday 15 May 2021

A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) by P. Djèlí Clark - A Review


Hello everyone!!

Today we are reviewing A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, the first book in the Dead Djinn Universe which published on May 11th by Tordotcom. 

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

A Master of Djinn is an adult fantasy book with historical and steampunk elements in it. We are in an alternate Cairo universe that is fascinating. 
The year is 1912 and we follow  Fatma el-Sha’arawi who is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, and  she is 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 50 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 her clever girlfriend Siti, 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.

I really enjoyed reading this book. At the beginning it was a little slow paced for me. That was mostly because the author introduced us to the world and its elements. As the story went on it became a real page turner and I was continuously trying to guess the suspect. The best part for me was the worldbuilding. I haven't read any of the novellas that take place in this world but that didn't stop me from loving it. 
I also loved the characters. Fatma and Hadia are a great duo and I want to know more about Siti. They are great women characters in the book and they are smart and independent.

The ending was really satisfying and it wrap up everything really well.

Finally I really liked the diversity in the book and the writing style of the author. I will definitely read more of his work.

Rating: 4 Stars

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

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