There are some books that tell an unbelievable story in a very believable way and you half-wish that it was the reality instead of fiction. Djinn City falls exactly in that category of books. Saad Z. Hossain’s pen has the power to make a mythological world turn into a dark comedy and the readers are left yearning for more by the end of the tale.
In the forsaken capital of Bangladesh, there is an ancient mansion that is half demolished by the constant negligence of the family members. In this mansion lives a young boy named Indelbed along with his alcoholic father, who is evidently the black sheep of his well-to-do family. Soon Indelbed finds out that his mother was a Djinn and a whole world of possibilities opens up to this fairly innocent kid. What follows is a very enjoyable, dark and gripping adventure through the world of one of the most misinterpreted mythological creatures, Djinns.
This was the first book by Hossain that I read and incidentally this was also my first Djinn related novel and I am so intrigued by it that I can’t wait for the next books in this series. The book ends with a cliffhanger and as promising as Hossain’s writing style is, you can expect nothing less than another masterpiece.
A dark, engaging fantasy, that also gives some promising insight into the middle eastern mythology and intricacies of Bangladesh’s folklore, is a must read for all fantasy lovers and the newbies willing to delve into this genre.
Publisher : Aleph Book Co.
Pages : 456
Rating : 4 / 5
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