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A Master of Djinn

By: P. Djèlí Clark
Narrated by: Suehyla El-Attar
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Publisher's Summary

WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 

WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL 

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 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 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....

P. Djèlí Clark is the winner of the Nebula, Locus and Alex Awards and has been shortlisted for the Hugo Award.

©2021 P. Djèlí Clark (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Clever, wickedly fun...with an excellent balance of humour and heart. I loved it." (S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass)

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Incredible world building

I would have given the story, characters and writing three stars, but the world building in this book is simply phenomenal. Deserves to be read just for that, though I suggest reading it instead of listening to it.

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Narrator not for me.

Going to preface my comment by acknowledging how subjective our enjoyment of any narrator is, but I struggled to finish this excellent book. The narration felt terribly overacted to me. It drowned out the story and the writing. I ended up switching to the ebook. YMMV :)

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  • R. Maines
  • 09-25-21

Fabulous!

This is rather wonderful, Fatima is a a great protagonist and her friends and new partner are lovable in their own way. The only slight downside is Fatima acting stupidly to stretch out the plot and not seeing things are should be obvious.

Narration was excellent.

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  • Mina Nielsen
  • 10-18-22

Not a steampunk fan, but enjoyed

It was a fun romp. For me, it did some of the regular steampunk things that turn me off — perhaps an over-reliance on environment and gadgets, genre convention, and one-liners where I’d have preferred more character depth and poetry. But that said, I found the core characters deep enough, and they got me emotionally engaged. I genuinely respect this work for subverting the glorification of empire and the romanticism of everything Victorian. I’d love to see steampunk evolve more in this direction, in which I’d be able to stomach more if it. With this story, I bought it, and could willingly join in the fun.

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  • Alex
  • 08-30-22

slow start ...good end

I almost gave up, but kept going and was rewarded by a stronger 2nd half. The character development and world building would swim me into the next volume. The narrator took some getting used to, but as with the story she finds her pace by midway and seems to be enjoying it as much as us by the end.

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  • 08-25-22

Great story

engaging characters and plot - if a little slow to start and quick at the end. would recommend

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  • 06-25-22

refreshing style and great story

it is a refreshing take on an classic idea.
great narration too, a joy to listen too

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  • 02-15-22

enjoyable original story

Wonderfully written and engaging story set in a steam punk Egypt. I enjoyed the narration. o hope there is a second book soon

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  • 08-30-21

Great alt world fantasy, smart suits and prose.

Refreshing setting, world really pulls you in. characters that stay with you. I look forward to hearing more from agent Fatima.

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  • 01-17-22

The perfect magical historical mystery

There is nothing about this story I would change. A beautifully realised world with engaging characters and a narrative that sweeps you along. My only disappointment is that there are not 10 more books set in this world for me to listen to immediately!

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  • 09-01-22

Absolutely wonderful!

Superb narration and the most well executed Egyptian lesbian supernatural detective story I have ever read! A pleasure to listen to

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  • 02-05-22

Fun alternative reality fantasy

A great story involving some actual history but through a setting where magical beings have returned to the world and the power balance has shifted. So great to read a story using references to magical beings from different cultures. Narration was clear, easy to distinguish characters but not overly acted.

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  • 11-22-22

trigger warnings

this book is written by someone who uses words like patriarchy and colonisers. be warned.

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  • Echo Linker
  • 03-23-22

amazing read

this isn't something i usually would've picked out for myself but i'm really glad i did! well narrated and a captivating story, i really enjoyed this.