Set in an alternate Cairo in the early 20th century, this fun, fresh and exciting fantasy novel combines all the tricky twists you want from a police procedural with djinn, magic and a sense of wonder - thinkRivers of LondonmeetsThe City of Brass
'Clever, wickedly fun . . . with an excellent balance of humour and heart. I loved it'S. A. Chakraborty, author ofTheCity of Brass
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 fifty 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 . . .
P. Djeli Clark is the winner of theNebula, Locus, and Alex Awards and has been shortlisted for the Hugo Award.