BOOK REVIEW: Djinn City, Saad Z. Hossain.


Indelbed is a lonely kid living in a crumbling mansion in super chaotic Dhaka with his father, Dr. Kaikobad. His father is the black sheep of their clan, the once illustrious Khan Rahman family. He is a drunkard and doesn’t allow his son to go to school, and worse, Indelbed knows nothing about his mother except the official cause of her early demise: ‘Death by Indelbed’. But when Dr. Kaikobad falls into a supernatural coma, his relatives confess that Indelbed’s mom was a djinn and his dad was, in fact, a trusted emissary to the djinn world. That makes Indelbed a half-breed, which is rare, and now a hunt is announced with him as prey. His life turns upside down in a day. His relatives decide to move him to a place where he will be safe from the djinns. Things happen and he is kidnapped by a djinn and delivered to a prison, a murder pit. Indelbed’s life changes forever.

Presumed dead, Indelbed’s relatives move on with their lives except his aunt, Juny and cousin, Rais. They set out on a journey to find the truth and find themselves at the centre of a great djinn controversy. What follows is a dark adventure with battle, betrayal, genies, dragon and a lot more magical elements.


Character development is such a huge plus in this book. Indelbed, the protagonist’s transformation from an innocent kid to a monster is done so well. The things he hears and sees changes him, and breaks him. Juny, Indelbed’s aunt is another character I fell in love with. I didn’t like her much in the first few pages but the character took such a turn after a point. The boundaries she breaks to bring Indelbed back makes you respect her. Rais, Indelbed’s cousin, gives up everything in search of the truth behind Indelbed’s disappearance. There are other characters that will make it to your favourites’ list too.


The writing is exquisite. I did learn a lot of new words from this novel. Each chapter describes the events happening with a group of characters. I really liked this approach as it gives you the complete picture, and at the same time you’re not overloaded with information and facts. The truth unfolds beautifully. Till the very end, I did not realise that the story ends in a cliff hanger and I can’t wait for the sequel.

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. Its a solid 4-star read, but I wasn’t able to find time to read it without any break, and hence I felt it to be a little lengthy and slow at some places. I highly recommend this book. If you love dark fantasy with adventures then this is the right choice for you.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Aleph Book Company (30 December 2017)
  • Language: English

** I received a copy of the book from Aleph Book Company in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

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