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A Master of Djinn

(Fatma el-Sha’arawi #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns to his popular alternate Cairo universe for his fantasy novel debut, A Master of Djinn

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 l
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Tordotcom
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Amy Fellows I received a galley and LOVED it on its own, now I want to go back and read the others in the series.

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I received a galley and LOVED it on its own, now I want to go back and read the others in the series.

It's odd because the back flap says it's the author's 'fantasy novel debut,' but I think that must mean more it's their novel debut, since there are books that precede it...(less)

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S.A. Chakraborty
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Wicked and sharp and wry, it's a fun mystery set in an alternative steampunk Cairo I could read an entire series about. Fatma and Hadia are my new favorite "grumpy mentor/wide-eyed rookie" pair ...more
Rebecca Roanhorse
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightful whodunnit full of sly commentary and a wonderfully lived-in steampunk Cairo. The story has the familiar trappings -- a mysterious supernatural murder, a detective to solve it, a rookie partner, clues and hindrances and a slowly unspooling plot -- which allows all the lovely details in this story to shine. I loved the world and the characters that inhabited it, both human and otherwise. Strong female cast, a nice (and important to the plot) queer romance, a gang of thieves, worshippe ...more
Dave
"A Master of Djinn" sets itself apart from the bevy of monster-hunting books out there by its setting. It is set in 1912 Egypt, but a slightly twisted universe of Egypt containing robots and genies (djinn) and other fantastical creatures. It's a world backwards in time, yet also forwards. And which touches a different world entirely. It opens with a shocking gory scene beginning a murder mystery investigated by Fatma from the department that investigates spirits and ghouls and such things. Very ...more
Lady H
Apr 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-fantasy
THIS COVER OMG i can't wait to preorder this ...more
Maria
Sep 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-release
This book looks sooooo good!!!! I want it. Like right now.
Bandit
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note to self…always, always check the page count. But, to be fair, why wouldn’t you expect the third Agent Fatma adventure to be something other than a novella. The first book in the series was maybe 50 pages and the second one was less than 150. And Clark’s debut was a novella too. I figured that was his format, he was, after all, very good at it and I do so love novellas. But no, he went at it geometrically, and just as book two tripled the length of its predecessor, so did this third one, me ...more
Maëlys
Jan 15, 2021 marked it as to-read
A Dead Djinn in Cairo: 3.5 / 5
The Haunting of Tram Car 015: 3 / 5

i'm so ready for more of this world!!

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Isabel
Sep 26, 2020 marked it as anticipated-releases
Shelves: i-need
please, put this inside my brain
Marieke
Jul 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
MORE FATMA? YES PLEASE!
izzy
Sep 23, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released
Shelves: anticipating
THIS COVER!!!! This snippet from our discord captures the emotions I am going through:

ryena 19:10
OH
MY
GOD
AHHHHHHHH

ria 19:20
THIS IS ALL I CARE ABOUT

izzy 19:21
its BEAAAAUTIFUL
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Acqua
Sep 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
cover!! love how it gets that you can never have too many gears
Mike
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A strong adventure story with a postcolonial sensibility; the stupid/nasty English people approach the status of caricatures, but unfortunately are probably pretty accurate.

I've read a previous story with the same main character, and enjoyed it, so I requested this one from Netgalley - thanks to the publisher for granting my request. The pre-publication ARC I had contains a few mangled idioms and vocab errors, something that will hopefully be polished up before publication. The author also has
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Kahlia
I’m actually drooling over this cover a little
Kimberly
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley via Tor/Forge books in exchange for an honest review.

Djinn - Check
Magic - Check
Strong Female Characters - Check Check Check

I loved this book, it was like someone mixed an Agatha Christie novel with City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty.

The story starts with the murder of a mysterious brotherhood who were dedicated to al-Jahiz, the man who brought magic back into the world. We are then introduced to our main hero and her glorious suits, Fatma. Fatma is
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Sarah
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Clark has returned to the world of steam-punk Cairo that he established in "The Haunting of Tram Car 015" for this compelling novel. In the early twentieth century, Djinn are living among regular people in Cairo as citizens and are responsible for amazing advances in architecture and mechanization that have placed Cairo at the forefront of the world stage. All of this supernatural activity ha become so commonplace in Cairene life that an entire governmental department is devoted to it. Agent Fat ...more
Kendra
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this novel of wonders and fables, P. Djeli Clark returns to the world of his novella The Haunting of Tram Car 015, an alternate Cairo where humans and djinn live together, where magic is real, and where the old Egyptian gods are still very present. A Master of Djinn includes ornate and sophisticated world-building, interesting and layered characters who evolve and grow, and an excellent plot that involves issues of colonialism, class, power, and sorcery. It's a masterclass in building charact ...more
Kate
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, urban-fantasy
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I was so excited to catch up with Fatma and her fellow agents in this book, and this story was even more amazing than the first two in the series.  I just love P. Djèlí Clark's writing, and his world building is  finely detailed and complex.  While creating this amazing world, he doesn't shy away from hard truths or social justice concerns which only adds to the depth and realism of the story. 

Fatman is saddled with a n
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Beth Morrill
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Master of Djinn is a Egyptian steampunk fantasy with a mystery in the heart of it. Fatma is the main protagonist. She is an investigator with the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities. She is one of very few female agents, she works alone, and she looks great in a 3 piece suit.

I devoured this book, it was truly magical, and it transported me to a completely different world. The novel takes place in the same world as two previous novellas written by P. Djeli Clark. It is
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David
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really dug this new tale from the world of Agent Fatma in alternate 1912 Cairo. Clark really is an excellent world-builder, and both familiar and new characters are so well-developed. My fave of these is obviously Fatma’s new partner, Hadia, who plays with and subverts those classic new partner tropes. Add in a thorough mythology and, I guess, magic system, with some late colonial geopolitics, and a crime/mystery to be solved, and you’ve got a winner.

This ARC was provided via NetGalley, and I
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David
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really dug this new tale from the world of Agent Fatma in alternate 1912 Cairo. Clark really is an excellent world-builder, and both familiar and new characters are so well-developed. My fave of these is obviously Fatma’s new partner, Hadia, who plays with and subverts those classic new partner tropes. Add in a thorough mythology and, I guess, magic system, with some late colonial geopolitics, and a crime/mystery to be solved, and you’ve got a winner.

This ARC was provided via NetGalley, and I
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Amanda
Oct 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle, may-2021
Oh hey, just stopping by to say I got a galley from Edelweiss and haters to the left.
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Tori Das
Nov 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
CAN IT BE 2021 ALREADY?????
Ruxandra
Sep 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
I made a completely embarassing sound when I saw the cover and read the summary. Bring it on!
Me-Connie
Jan 06, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-out-yet
Just received an eARC from NetGalley and it almost jumped my entire reading queue!
Melinda Beatty
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Clark’s Cairo stories may be my new favorite fantasy series. Funny and clever with a kickass, queer, Muslim heroine, I can’t recommend these enough.
Karyn Silverman
I wanted to love it, but the writing is so awkward and the characters lack depth. I ADORE this world though, so that’s something.
Joelene Weeks
rated it it was amazing
Oct 11, 2020
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Phenderson Djèlí Clark.

P. Djèlí Clark likes creating fantastic, dangerous, and exciting worlds. Usually with heroines & heroes. Almost always with magic & monsters. His short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Lightspeed, Tor.com and in print anthologies including Griots, Steamfunk, Myriad Lands and Hidden Youth.

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