Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hurrem and the Djinn, by Claire North

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(Historical Ottoman Fantasy) High officials in the Empire fear that the sultana has used djinns to bewitch the sultan, and they ask Davud to find a way to break her spell. (5,232 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Hurrem and the Djinn," by (edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: Davud is a sympathetic character, and his calm competence makes the increasing danger of each summoning crystal clear. When he’s worried, we’re worried. The sequence of three djinn, each more powerful than the previous ones, is very well done.

Con: It was rather obvious from the very first djinn that the sultana didn’t have any djinn under her control at all. It’s hard to believe Davud didn’t figure that out.

Given that, it’s completely off-the-wall for the sultana to be the one who dismisses the storm djinn (who just finished telling us there was “no magic on her tongue). This spoils the story.

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