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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. What held it together for me was the comfortable way that the author takes the often used idea of ancient gods lying low in the modern (well, early twentieth century) world, adds magical creatures integrated into that world, and then melds it together with the society and bureaucracy of a steampunk version of Egypt. ( )
  Denscott | Nov 20, 2021 |
This was another one of my series-sampling audio listens, to see if I might want to pursue it in print someday.

Audio Narration
The narrator is Suehyla El-Attar. I had recently listened to another audiobook she narrated, The Native Star, which appears to have been recorded several years before this one. As before, I didn’t have any major issues with her narration, and she wasn’t in any way annoying to listen to, but I did have some trouble distinguishing between her character voices. In the other book, it was mostly male characters. In this book, there were a lot of female characters and it seemed to my ears like she didn’t voice them consistently. I didn’t have trouble following it though, I just had to make sure to listen carefully for the clues in the text about who was talking.

Story
The story is set in an alternate history version of Egypt in the 1900’s. Djinn and other magical beings are real and the world is well aware of them. The main character, Fatma, is one of very few female agents in an organization that works to, among other things, keep the peace between magical creatures and humans. The story starts off with somebody claiming to be al-Jahiz returned again murdering a bunch of people at a secret gathering. Fatma is the agent who gets called to investigate.

In general, I enjoyed this. It’s a setting I haven’t read much of, so there was some novelty there. I enjoyed the characters which I think included some very well-developed female characters. I especially enjoyed the different characters’ interactions with each other, and I thought the magical characters were interesting and often funny. I chuckled several times at the humor. Somehow the story didn’t hold me riveted, though. Sometimes I was fully engaged, but other times I was restless.

I thought things were a little predictable, even when I don’t think they were intended to be. For example, I guessed Abigail might be the one pulling the strings long before there was any logical story-based reason to do so, simply because it seemed like the obvious non-obvious answer when the clues were pointing so blatantly to her brother. I also got a little tired of all the descriptions of clothes. I know it was intended to be humorous, and I did smile a few times, but I think it was probably more annoying to me in audio because I had to sit and listen through the entire litany instead of being able to quickly scan my eyes through it and move on.

There are three shorter works that were published before this first full-length novel. There were some references to events that I assume must have happened in those stories, but I never felt like I was missing anything important. I don’t know if the author plans to write more in this setting, but events from this book were wrapped up well. There were some small open questions about some of the general world-building concepts that might be intended for future stories. I may follow up on this in print someday if the series continues, and go back and read the earlier stories too. I’m rating it 3.5 stars and rounding up to 4 on Goodreads. ( )
1 stem YouKneeK | Nov 14, 2021 |
This is a solid novel that has managed to new way to do steam punk and in a setting not explored yet. I found it to go on a bit too much, but maybe that is just me. The ending is over the top, and there was a much easier solution. Also, the mystery was fairly transparent. I was fairly certain who our bad guy was fairly early in the book.

I really liked the setting- Cairo has always been a multicultural place, where people from all places move to. And I think the author has that spot on, with the all the restaurants, the diversity of the shops, everything you would find in a city that is made of many people.

I also think that this book is too modern for its setting, specifically in attitudes of acceptance of people who are different. It really felt like a modern fantasy pushed on top of a setting that isn't modern.

So to sum up - Its not a perfect book, but it is fun. Its a fast read, with interesting characters. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Oct 30, 2021 |
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  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
Clark, P. Djèlí. A Master of Djinn. Dead Djinn Universe No. 1. Tor, 2021.
I am not sure I approve of using decimals to indicate shorter pieces in a series of novels. If they are published separately, shouldn’t they get a whole number? A Master of Djinn is billed as the first novel in the Dead Djinn Universe series, but it is not the first story I have read that was set there. In 2019, I was much impressed with The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (now billed as Dead Djinn Universe No. 0.3) that introduced me to the alternate 1912 Cairo, Egypt, and its problems with spirits leaking through the walls. I thought that it displayed the dramatic punch and originality of Charles Stross’s Laundry Files stories at their best. By contrast, A Master of Djinn was a well-told police procedural with an engaging female lead, but it lacked the tight structure of the novella and did not provide anything from this Cairo that the earlier work had not led me to expect. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had not read the novella, but then, I really liked the novella and would not want to have missed it. Clark is an excellent world-builder, and as much fun as this series is, I hope he doesn’t get stuck in it. His earlier novella, Ring Shout, showed that he has more than one good world in him. More novellas, please, Mr. Clark. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Sep 13, 2021 |
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