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A Master of Djinn

(Dead Djinn Universe #1)

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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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Published May 11th 2021 by Tordotcom
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Indre I would offer to read the first one "A Dead Djinn in Cairo" at least, it's a great introduction into this world and you get to know main character Fat…moreI would offer to read the first one "A Dead Djinn in Cairo" at least, it's a great introduction into this world and you get to know main character Fatma, besides it's only 40 pages and it's free, you can find URL in books desciption. The second one has different characters in it, so you can skip, but just because it's truly awesome, you should read that too.(less)
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chai ♡
If an epic tale about a lesbian detective who looks devastatingly dashing in a suit while monster-hunting in an alternate Cairo universe with her hot assassin girlfriend seems right up your alley, boy do I have good news for you!
carol.
P. Djèlí Clark is one of those authors that’s on my ‘to watch’ list. You might even say I’m a fan. I’ve read through most of his short stories and purchased most of his novellas, something I don’t do for just anyone these days. I was anticipating A Master of Djinn and when it appeared on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to request it. Imagine my delight when I was approved; it was like Christmas in January. So now I find myself in a quandary because of that most troublesome phenomenon, hope-exp ...more
S.A. Chakraborty
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mara
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
Man do I love this world!! P Djeli Clark is such a master of evoking a world and a *vibe* that creates such a vivid picture in my head. While I do think that this does have some bumps in the road in terms of him transitioning from shorter fiction to his first full length novel re: pacing (this one does feel a bit over full and like a bunch of novellas pieced together), I still loved the time I spent with Fatma as she takes on the challenge of a new partner at work and tries to figure out what in ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: Egyptian cast & setting, lesbian mc, sapphic li

CWs: immolation, gore, self-mutilation

Galley provided by publisher

Having read all of the novellas set in Fatma el-Shara’awi’s Cairo so far, hearing that there was going to be a full length book too was basically the best news in the world. I knew I was going to love it and, no surprises, I did.

A Master of Djinn follows Fatma as she investigates the deaths of a secret brotherhood, dedicated to al-Jahiz, one of history’s most famous men, supposed
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Bradley
Returning to the world of pre-WWI Cairo, Egypt, where Djinn coexist with humans, where there are old Egyptian gods (or at least their followers with a touch of the divine within them), and a host of wonderful crossovers right out of the pages of 1001 Arabian Knights, Steampunk novels, and good, old-fashioned modern UF, I have to say I'm loving every moment.

It took me a moment to get into the series, but it didn't take that long. The fact is, I like Fatma. She's got that Bowler hat and her invest
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Cassandra
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sly book, in that its central mystery isn't all that difficult to unravel, but you also know precisely why it isn't hard to untangle: the book is winking at you, a grin on its lips, a teasing look in its eyes. In many ways, it feels like a book interrogating what it means to be human, what defines us, how we all internalize unkind thoughts about others through the process of being alive, and how we are, each of us, responsible for acknowledging and overcoming our own biases. It is a bo ...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
Kristina (heartsfullofreads)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I was so excited to get a full length novel in this world! P. Djeli Clark is so talented and I'm excited to see him grow as an author. His alternate Cairo is vivid, unique, and imaginative. The Djinn and Angels are fascinating and I always want to know more about them. Did I mention Agent Fatma? I'm not sure there is another character out there quite as iconic as her.

I also really appreciated the diversity and relevant social commentary in this novel. It was clever. I
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Lady H
Apr 29, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-fantasy
THIS COVER OMG i can't wait to preorder this ...more
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'A Master of Djinn' is set in Egypt in 1912, where the colonial powers no longer hold other nations in servitude. Egypt, India and other countries are now as powerful as others thanks to Al-Jahiz, a wizard scientist, who rediscovered magic about 50 years prior. Fatma el-Sha'arawi, a young Arab woman, is a ris
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Maëlys
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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Di Maitland
4.75*s. A fantastic story, with a swaggering young female protagonist, set in a veritable cornucopia of middle eastern mythology. It’s longer and so very slightly slower than its predecessors, but the world building more than makes up for it.

"I am the Father of Mysteries," he spoke in deeply accented English. "The Walker of the Path of Wisdom. The Traveler of Worlds. Named mystic and madman. Spoken in reverence and curse. I am the one you seek. I am al-Jahiz. And I have returned.


A Master of Djin
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Bandit
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Bryn Hammond
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imagined-fiction
This is the steampunk I want.
Turn-of-the-2othC Egypt, where a re-invention of djinn has kickstarted Egypt into a major power, and let Egypt kick the British Empire out.
My crush from #1, the short story A Dead Djinn in Cairo, has a novel to herself here. Fatma continues to wear her sharp English suits (one day she'll sit down in one of her frequented bars and open up on the irony), investigate sorcery, steam and clockworks apocalypse, and pursue a relationship with Siti, the woman she met in the
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Maria
Sep 25, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-release
This book looks sooooo good!!!! I want it. Like right now.
Isabel
Sep 26, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, i-need, fantasy, lgbtqiap
please, put this inside my brain
Toya (the reading chemist)
4.5 stars rounded up!

I’m going to start off this review by saying that if you’re an audiobook listener, definitely opt for the audiobook because Suehyla El-Attar is a phenomenal narrator. Her narration in conjunction with P. Djèlí Clark’s characters brings this story to life.

Set in an alternative steampunk Cairo, A Master of Djinn is a fantastical adventure that follows Fatma el-Sha’arawi, a lesbian female agent of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities who absolutely S
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Ashley
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

i have read all of P. Djèlí Clark's work previous to this and was ecstatic when I saw that he was releasing his first full length novel in his alternate steampunk Cairo. I was a little apprehensive because Clark typically writes shorter fiction and I was unsure of how it would translate into a longer work. Overall, I think Clark did an outstanding job with A Master of Djinn. I find his
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Jennifer
P. Djeli Clark's entertaining fantasy series continues with a full-length novel, and it's a delight. Agent Fatma returns, along with an engaging cast, and the plot blends high-powered magical conflict with detective work, as well as some thoughtful examination of power, gender, colonialism, and the assumptions humans make. Vividly written, with sharp and clever dialogue, it takes the reader to an alternate early-20th-century Cairo where Egypt has become a great power through its access to magic ...more
Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Special thanks to Tor-Macmillian/Forge for providing me with this review copy.


A Master of Djinn is the first work of fiction I have read by author P. Djèlí Clark and the third entry in his Fatma el-Sha’arawi series. I had no idea that I was reading the series out of order, but it didn’t put me at too much of a disadvant
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Jessica Rodrigues
Fatma is an agent of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities in an alternate-history steampunk Cairo where djinn live and work among humans. Having already saved the world once in A Dead Djinn in Cairo, Fatma has a reputation for handling weird, sensitive, and dangerous cases. Her current case, involving a mass spontaneous human combustion event of a secretive brotherhood of wealthy Englishmen, is all of the above.

Perhaps readers could enjoy this book, which is the third
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Samantha
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If anyone wants to talk to P. Djèlí Clark about the movie rights for a Fatma/Hadia series of buddy comedies, I’m here for it.

Clark’s steampunk/historical fantasy/historical mystery mashup series continues to impress me, and the third book in the series is perhaps the best one yet. This one takes some time to get going and is a much lengthier offering than Tramcar 015, though I wouldn’t call it overlong.

Fatma continues to be a favorite of mine among literary characters, and the addition of Hadi
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Petra
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
4.5 stars
I want to thank Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I think this is a new favorite series for me.
After reading A Dead Djinn in Cairo and The Haunting of Tram Car 015 I had but one complaint; they weren't long enough. Well, this book delivered everything I needed.

Fatma el-Sha’arawi is a special investigator with the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities in 1912 steampunk Cairo.
Djinn and angels (maybe?) have been living among humans for
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Mia
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

Wow... once again Clark delivers a super exciting steampunk/crime story with the fantastical Agent Fatma as the lead character (yaaay).

Cairo is ever changing with the magical djinn living among humans. Agent Fatma finds herself investigating a grusom murder on a secret brotherhood worshipping al-Jahiz, the person who brought forth the djinn to the mundane world.
The more she investigates the more the clues point to a person who claims to be... al-Jahiz himself??

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Amanda Bradburn
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5- 4.75 stars! I absolutely adored this book. It's all of my favorite things about S.A. Chakraborty's Daevabad Series with a murder mystery element. ...more
izzy
Sep 23, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
cover!! love how it gets that you can never have too many gears
kartik narayanan
'A Master of Djinn' is set in Egypt in 1912, where the colonial powers no longer hold other nations in servitude. Egypt, India and other countries are now as powerful as others thanks to Al-Jahiz, a wizard scientist, who rediscovered magic about 50 years prior. Fatma el-Sha'arawi, a young Arab woman, is a rising star in the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities. Her job is to investigate and solve magical problems. When a secret brotherhood of influential personages gets mu ...more
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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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