A Dead Djinn in Cairo (Dead Djinn Universe) by P. Djèlí Clark

Score: 5/5

Reading this book was like playing the best RPG games e.g. God of War Ragnarok, The Witcher, The Mass Effect, or like playing/reading the Fate series, except this one is set in Egypt. How often do you see a fantasy novel being set in Egypt? (Well, maybe except Jojo).

This book is quite short, and if it were a 200 page long novel, I probably would not have bought it. But it created a whole new world, a setting where Djinns and “Angels” co-existed with humans. It combines detective novels with fantasy with action scenes, and in the process, also sprinkle a bit of cultural references here and there.

I read three books in this series in total: A Dead Djinn in Cairo, The Haunting of Tram Car 015, and A Master of Djinn. I just wish this book can get adapted into games or TV series soon. It’s just so unique. I recommend reading it if you enjoy RPGs or fantasy novels.