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- Publication Date: April 17, 2017
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- Language: English
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Dark Djinn (The Darkness of Djinn Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Tia greets the reader with a map of the locale of her story – the three realms of Verdann, Myklaan, and Terlaan – and as is always a possibility that strange names in science fiction fantasy epics will distance the reader, Tia introduces the names at a pace that makes her story accessible.
From the opening page the tone for the novel is set – ‘Princess Kordahla thought it best not to confide she found the ragged vendors selling battered pans scoured clean of burned rice bemusing. More bemusing than the tedious Verdaani guest they were riding through Tarana to meet, anyway. Her brothers had affected an air of tolerance for those downtrodden men, and for the tawdry merchants touting the virtues of tasseled kilims as vibrant as their kurtas. In their misguided wisdom, they might have decided the sweat-and-fish stink of the waterfront souk had affected her senses, and sent her straight back to the shackles of the palace. If only she could have spent the entire sunny afternoon perusing the bewildering wares. Her freedom would have been perfect. The bloated pots fashioned in the likeness of the fearsome, swamp-dwelling bazwaeel were a novelty she would never tire of admiring – as she, the Terlaani orchid Father rarely permitted to bloom in public, was a delight to the cheering crowd. Not even her sombre escort, the black-robed, hooded mahktashaan, the soldier-magicians of her father’s realm, could dowse her enthusiasm for the cloying bustle and persistent sell. Since they were enduring the onslaught with silent, good grace, she slid her veil onto her shoulders and tossed her walnut hair loose. The gesture set a skinny youth with narrow-set eyes to jumping as he waved a copper bracelet set with a green stone over his head. “How much is that?” she asked the nearest mahktashaan. Her guard needed only a pointed finger to part the throng from his midnight mount. The wide-eyed youth stilled his grubby hand in mid-air as he gabbled something to the mahktashaan before passing the trinket over with a vigorous nod of his head.‘
No fear: the strange words are gradually explained as the synopsis offers – ‘Duplicity and deception: aid from a djinn is a curse under any guise. Betrothed to a cruel lord, Princess Kordahla dreams of fleeing to her decadent neighbour, a journey fraught with danger, and no promise of sanctuary at its end. Her one hope is to offer the southern shah a prize so valuable he cannot refuse to harbour her: the secret of the mahktashaan, the soldier-magicians sworn to protect her father’s court. But the mahktashaan guard their magic with blooded sword, and in stealing one of their powerful crystals she will risk her life. Unless she accepts the help of a treacherous djinn intent on tricking her into a deal. It is a compact which threatens to shatter the fragile peace in the Three Realms. A gripping tale of realms besieged and honour lost, of blood-ties severed and romance dreamed, Dark Djinn begins an epic quest to save mortals from the schemes of djinn.’
Settle in for a long song – one that gradually blossoms with mastery and fantasy that will satisfy particularly the Young Adult audience. And the segue into Book 2 is magnetic. Grady Harp, January 18
The story itself shows great strength in the female main character. She, like many princesses, has been married off to someone that is less than desirable. I can’t give too many details here as it is really best to buckle down and read the story for yourself. It might take you a bit longer to get through this fantasy, but the escapism and strength the book provides will make you ready for book two.
At it's core, this is a story about the adventures of young adults in a land of danger and violence, where poisons (or drugs) are part of the landscape. From young men enslaved by the malicious to a princess promised to an evil djinn by virtue of fish falling from the sky, it is fair to say that life seems to be dictated by superstitions and fate. Or can the will of the protagonists prevail? Readers will need to envelope themselves in this story to find the answer.
On balance, Tia Reed has carefully and skillfully crafted a vivid and detailed world that will likely consume the attention of any young adult who enjoys fantasy.