A Master of Djinn || Book Review

Title: A Master of Djinn
Author: P. Djeli Clark
Series/Number: Dead Djinn Universe #3
Genre: Streampunk, Fantasy, SciFi, Mystery Historical
Age: Adult
Page Count: 396
Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Themes: Racism, Classism, Colourism, Magic,


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….

Oh how I adored this book! I had read A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark before this one and can I tell you that, that little novel really got me hooked into the world Clark is creating. Fatma and Siti are just glorious characters. The world building and magic elements of the stories were just so good! I loved how you are just dropped into the world Clark has created, but information is given in a timely and natural way. You learn about history, magic, and the Djinn in a natural way throughout the story as Fatma and Siti are exploring the mystery.

The plot and pace of this book were both so good! There were hints to the conclusion of the story throughout and there were some good red herrings. I honestly can’t say how much I really enjoyed this book. I think that the alternate history and steampunk elements were brilliant!

Overall, I think that anyone who is interested in alternate history, steampunk, fantasy, mysteries would absolutely love this.

Rating: 5/5

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