Before I even review this book, let’s talk about how this is the first book in the Dead Djinn Universe. I was a little confused at first because when I looked into the Dead Djinn Universe, there seemed to be 3 other works already published in this world. Book 0.5 – 0.7 are all novellas that other readers have said you don’t need to read to fully enjoy the first full book in the series.
With that said, this is a fun mix of mystery and fantasy. Set in Egypt in an alternate reality where Djinn and magic have been reintroduced into the world we follow Fatma el-Shara’awi as she investigates the mysterious death of a prominent English businessman. As she begins to investigate into the murder, she discovers that al-Jahiz, on of the world’s most famous men and the man who brought djinn back into the world, has returned from the dead.
This book has a little bit of everything. It discusses colonialism, has fabulous characters, a unique magic system, wonderful world building and an intriguing mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the next book.
A Master of Djinn come is out now. Huge thank you to Tor Books for my advanced copy for my honest review. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my Instagram @speakingof_books.