Review: A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark

Series: Dead Djinn Universe #1
Author: P. Djeli Clark
Publisher: Tor.com
Released: May 11, 2021
Received: NetGalley

4 1/2 kitties

A Master of Djinn is the first in a new series by the amazing P. Djeli Clark. Naturally, I knew that I had to add Dead Djinn Universe to my must-read series! Did I mention that this is P. Djeli Clark’s debut novel? Yes, please!

Fatma el-Sha’arawi may be the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, but that doesn’t mean she’s clueless. Or a rookie. She’s already been through one cataclysmic event, and she’s ready to take another.

Good thing, too, as a secret brotherhood rises to the forefront, forcing Agent Fatma to step up and deal with it personally. Now, she’s got a murder and a mystery on her hands.

“Why is everyone so slavish to texts written thousands of years ago?” he snapped. “Gods can change. Grow apart. Try new things. Besides, Set was a jerk.”

Wow. If you pick one fantasy novel to read this year, please let it be A Master of Djinn. This novel is everything I could have ever hoped for – and about a hundred things more. It was thrilling and fantastical, as well as providing some truly outstanding characters.

Really, what more could a girl ask for? Fatma is a brilliant leading lady here. She’s confident and bold, not to mention calm in ways that I could never manage – not even in the best of times. Yet, she’s also very clearly human, which made her all the more approachable.

As for the adventure, she gets thrown into here? Perfection. I expected that given this is P. Djeli Clark we’re talking about! The descriptive nature of this novel really took the whole story to a new level. There were times where I sincerely forgot I was reading; I was that wrapped up in the world and plot. That is how you know it’s a book worth reading (and gushing about!).

Thanks to Tor.com and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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