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Publisher Description

A 2021 NEIBA Book Award Finalist!

Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark goes full-length for the first time in his dazzling debut novel

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 forty 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 a familiar person from her past, 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…

Novellas by P. Djèlí Clark
The Black God's Drums
The Haunting of Tram Car 015
Ring Shout

The Dead Djinn Universe contains stories set primarily in Clark's fantasy alternate Cairo, and can be enjoyed in any order.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
May 11
Tom Doherty Associates

Customer Reviews

vlf5419 ,

Master of Djinn

I rarely take a chance on a writer I’ve never heard of. So glad I ignored that this time. I love steampunk and this was an outstanding first novel by P. Djeli Clark. I hope to see more of Fatma’s adventures in the future

NewsDaddy ,


This is the best book that I’ve read in a long time. The author made me believe in God and goddesses, jinns and Angels, and other assorted beings that inhabits this world! I couldn’t stop reading.

Stflorida ,

Richly detailed imaginative story with strong female leads

Amazing story with strong female characters in a rich and magical universe. I literally can’t wait for the next one.

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