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Review of Wandering Djinn

Here is my review of Wandering Djinn: An Anthology of Fantasy by Ahmed Al-Sheikh:

311ZnzwgCKL._SY373_BO1,204,203,200_As the subtitle states, this is an anthology. The stories are loosely connected, but all involve Malik, a djinn who wanders the earth trying to do good and protect mortals from supernatural danger. I think this is a great concept for a story, but the execution is a bit uneven. At times, the author “tells” rather than “shows.” On other occasions, the point-of-view character shifts abruptly—at least once over the course of a single paragraph. Still, the author doesn’t burden these stories with an undue amount of background information. The worldbuilding is there, but usually subtle and unobtrusive.

Given the nature of this website, I would add that there are a couple of fairly gruesome scenes that would not be suitable for younger readers. It was, however, a halfway decent story. It’s currently available for free, and it might be something some of my readers are interested in.

If you’d like to learn more about the djinn (or jinn) of Arabic legend, I’ve got a post (or two) that might help you with that.



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