Review: A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark

A Master of Djinn

Title: A Master of Djinn

Author: P. Djeli Clark

Publisher: Tordotcom

Published: May 11, 2021

Pages: 396

Format: Library copy

Goodreads Blurb:

“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 her clever girlfriend Siti, 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…”

My Thoughts:

I saw this book around a lot and it sounded interesting. I didn’t even realize it was a part of a series until I was about half way through. I saw someone else post about it and was surprised! I think that just goes to show they can be read out of order. This book was something new and different for me. I initially rated this 4 stars but after sitting with it and writing my review.. I’m knocking it down to 3.5 stars. This is still a great read but I had some issues with the plot.

One of my favorite things about this book was the awesome females! We have several female characters that shine throughout this story. Our main character, Fatma, was such a fun and interesting character. I loved her and her suits so much. Her love interest was also pretty awesome and knew how to kick some butt. Agent Hadia joins the mix and I loved her fresh perspective to things. These women know how to take care of themselves and it was fun watching them do so. They were well written and I appreciated that.

The plot was interesting and I liked the magical elements that were mixed in. Although, it was kind of a messy at times. I found myself having more questions than answers. Throughout the book there’s many elements thrown in that made it feel much more convoluted than it needed to be. It as also extremely predictable and too obvious what was going to happen. Regardless, I still did enjoy my time with this story.

Something I found odd was that Fatma worked for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, and is surprised by supernatural beings and elements? I didn’t really understand how things could be so surprising to her. She’s the best in her field and yet misses so much? She didn’t seem to understand or believe things that are supernatural and/or enchanted. I just found that surprising.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book and I would recommend it. Just don’t be too shocked when you figure out some of the main plot points. If you enjoy reading about women in power and literally kicking butt then this is a great one for you! I will definitely be open to reading more books from this author in the future.


4 thoughts on “Review: A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark

  1. This is actually the first full le gth novel in the seriees but some of the world building and character introductions are done in the prequel short stories. And I think some of the confusion with supernatural beings etc is because they were introduced into the world only 40 or so years ago. So most of it is still a mystery and the whole world is still learning I guess.

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    • okay, that makes sense. I was definitely going to stop when I learned it wasn’t the first. BUT it said everywhere that you could read them as a stand-alone. I might have to go back and read the others! None the less, it was a great story.


  2. Ach, what you mentioned about Fatma being the best in her field and still being surprised by things in her elements sounds like something that would potentially annoy me! I have the novella that is apparently a prequel to this book (or at least it has Fatma in it) so I’m eager to check that out. Still sounds like a pretty unique world though! Great review 🙂

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    • Yeah, it really drove me nuts but I really liked her a lot, otherwise. It was definitely a good story and I am wanting to read that prequel now!! I was hoping there was more of her!


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