The wrong jinn at the right time, Zahara's a force to be reckless with
Zahara, party girl of the paranormal, floats up out of a lamp in Daniel Goldstein's apartment ready to trick a sorcerer into giving up his soul. But Daniel, whose Moroccan grandmother has reached out from beyond the grave to command him to raise a jinn, wants to do good—by stopping a vengeful fallen angel.
The nymphomaniacal, shopping-obsessed Zahara isn’t the otherworldly ally Daniel had in mind. A do-gooder with a dangerous quest isn't what Zahara's looking for, either.
Stuck in a magical contract with each other, the two travel to Morocco, where Zahara’s handsome friend Zaid, a jinn who's converted to Islam, reluctantly joins their quest. As Daniel and Zaid struggle against jinn-hunting mercenaries and their attraction to one other, Zahara is forced to join forces with the fallen angel's gorgeous but infuriating brother to stop a cataclysmic war between the human and jinn worlds.
At the start of Guglielmo's entertaining, fast-paced debut, New York City game designer Daniel receives a letter from his deceased grandmother that instructs him to summon a jinn and defeat the angels Harut and Marut, who blame humankind for their initial fall from grace and are bent on revenge. Daniel thinks it's a prank until cockroaches arrange themselves into a command to heed his grandmother. But instead of summoning a powerful jinn warrior, Daniel gets raunchy Zahara. Guglielmo's prose is witty and saucy as Zahara's jinn friend, Zaid, reluctantly joins the duo in Marrakech, where they must locate Daniel's grandmother's former house. The trio confront one of the fallen angels before forming an unlikely alliance with the other. Although there are hints of romance, the quest overshadows the budding attraction between Zaid and Daniel. Unexpected developments and constant momentum lead into a thrilling climax; details of jinn social structure, hierarchy, and magic add depth. Guglielmo's sharp humor, clever plot twists, and novel take on jinns add up to a fun urban fantasy adventure.