From Sami Shah comes Fire Boy, an urban fantasy set in modern-day Pakistan, where djinns roam the street alongside corrupt cops, hustling beggars, and creatures from the darkest corners of Islamic mythology.
Growing up in Karachi isn't easy. Wahid has a lot on his mind: the girl he likes, mostly, but also choosing a good university and finding time to play Dungeons & Dragons. Oh, and the fact that he can see djinns, other-worldly creatures made of a smokeless and scorching fire.
After a horrific car accident kills his best friend and djinns steal his girlfriend's soul, Wahid vows to find out why. Fortunately, he has help in finding the djinns that tried to kill him. Unfortunately, that help is from the darkest of all spirits, the Devil himself …
Fire Boy is filled with supernatural entities and high-paced action, but it also gives the reader a vivid insight into life in Pakistan.
Praise for Fire Boy
‘Bold, compelling fantasy with a truly original setting.’ – Saladin Ahmed
‘Sami Shah blends the tenderness of Octavia Butler with the supernatural folklore of Nalo Hopkinson. His characters – human and otherwise – are skilfully drawn, and the vibrant streets of Karachi are vividly brought to life. Fire Boy is an eloquent imagination explosion.’ – Maxine Beneba Clarke
‘I was enchanted by the lyrical and atmospheric prose – Sami Shah brings the streets of Karachi to life with a deft hand, ancient folklore colliding with the modern internet age.’ – Kylie Chan
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This explosive read is the first book in Sami Shah’s Djinn-Son duo. Shah’s protagonist Wahid exists between two worlds: the gritty streets of Pakistan and a mythic realm peopled by spirits known as djinns, demons and the devil himself. Fire Boy has a sometimes terrifying intensity. Add seamless writing, a courageous but vulnerable hero, a quest propelled by love and an abyss of an ending, and we were left thrilled to dive into the series' second book.