Suehyla El-Attar narrates a fantasy-mystery set in Cairo, where djinns and humans live and work side by side. Agent Fatma el-Sha'arawi of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities must figure out what the supposed return of a mythical figure from Cairo's past means for its future. Fatma is one of only a handful of women members of the ministry, and El-Attar adroitly depicts her internal struggle after unexpectedly being assigned another female agent as a partner. Fatma has always worked alone, and El-Attar's slow and subtle shift of Fatma's attitude from one of resentment to rapport is impeccable. El-Attar expertly creates a vibrant version of Cairo that captures a heady blend of the cosmopolitan and the supernatural that will win many new fans. K.M.P. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2021]
Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9781250807731 $26.99
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