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P. Djèlí Clark Returns to Alt-World Cairo in New Full-Length Novel

Friday, May 14, 2021

Tor.com is out with A Master of Djinn, the first full-length novel by P. Djèlí­ Clark.

The story takes place in the same alternate-world, early 20th century Cairo that was the setting for Clark’s acclaimed novella The Haunting of Tram Car 015. In this reality, agents of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities contend with magical forces unleashed 40 years earlier by a Soudanese mystic named al-Jahiz. The tales are part of a series dubbed “Dead Djinn Universe.”

In the new story, a brotherhood dedicated to al-Jahiz is murdered, and the killer claims to be the mystic himself. The task of solving the mystery falls to agent Fatma el-Sha’arawi, the youngest woman in the Ministry.

The novel has won praise from authors S.A. Chakraborty, Rebecca Roanhorse, Django Wexler, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Chakraborty described it as “a clever, wickedly fun steampunk mystery with an excellent balance of humor and heart.”

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, and Clark’s 2020 novella Ring Shout is a finalist for this year’s Hugo and Nebula honors.

A Master of Djinn is available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook formats. See the publisher’s website for an excerpt and links to booksellers.

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