Muslim Fiction Fantasy : City of Bronze

I was going to initially write this post about some pieces I’ve been reading about supply chain (The Atlantic got me started with this) but I recently finished City of Bronze by S.A. Chakraborty.

The story starts when this pauper girl accidentally summons a warrior djinn to project her from an ifrit summoning ghouls in Cairo cemetery. The world is full of magic; the djinns are made of fire, carpets are able to fly, the prophet solomon’s seal is powerful and there’s a palace of political entrigue.

City of Bronze, the first book of the trilogy, does a great job of world building. I appreciated it a lot as a muslim in Canada. So much of the fantasy I’ve watched, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, etc, is based around western stuff. Knights and Wizards, Cobblestone Castles, you know what I mean. So reading a fiction where the first mention of time is Fajr prayer and the characters say peace be upon is cool. It’s still fantasy fiction, but it’s fun to see it in a different setting.

I’m on the second book in the series now and although I liked the first one more, I’m still enjoying it. Anyone here reading any fiction?

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