Noor, a city of diverse peoples, beliefs, and ways of life, is recovering from an attack by chaotic djinn that wiped out all but three of its inhabitants. The city rebuilt itself, and with the partnership of the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, it has begun to thrive once more. Fatima, one of the three human survivors, has grown up with the knowledge that she was spared. But why? When she is witness to a strange and mystical murder, she is launched upon a path that will lead either to Noor’s salvation or its utter destruction once again. This colorful debut is filled to the brim with life and heart — bursting with fascinating characters and a beautiful romance, you’ll be hard-pressed to put it down! Join Fatima on her journey to save the people and the home that she loves, as she is given a new destiny and learns just how powerful a name can be. – Kylie
Azad's sumptuous debut YA fantasy is set in a city along the Silk Road that is a refuge for those of all faiths, where a young woman is threatened by the war between two clans of powerful djinn.
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population - except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.
But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.
In this William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist novel, Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.
Finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award