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TITLE: A Jinni’s Wish
AUTHOR: B. Leslie Tirrell
GENRE: Fantasy, Romance, LGBT, Multicultural
TAG LINE: “Their combined talents are desperately needed when the Mystics are also threatened, but their growing passion may endanger everyone, including themselves.”
RATING: 3 Stars
SUMMARY: In the desert city, Al-Timini, humans and Mystics–magical beings–coexist peacefully…until humans begin to disappear. Suspecting evil in their own kind, Mystic detectives hire Ilyas Bashour, a lonely human scholar, hoping his keen mind can uncover answers where their own efforts have failed.
Namir is a jinni living in the city’s ancient library. Abused and degraded by his former master, he has abandoned hope of finding another who is kind and trustworthy–until Ilyas discovers him. To Namir’s surprise, his reluctant new master treats him as an equal. Soon their relationship takes on a sexual dimension. And not just that; the two of them begin falling in love.
Their combined talents are desperately needed when the Mystics are also threatened, but their growing passion may endanger everyone, including themselves.
Tirrell had a really interesting concept for her story. I haven’t read many stories about jinn or the Arabic/Islamic culture, so I was super excited when I found this small gem. It’s an interesting story, focusing on a scholar named Ilyas and an abused jinni named Namir. In the midst of their developing relationship, there’s a mystery to be solved about disappearing humans.
Tirrell has created a rich world, filled with fantastical creatures. One issue I did have was that I wasn’t sure what time period or dimension this story was set in. All we know is the city, but I wasn’t sure when it took place; if this city happened to be on Earth or a completely different original world. While she has a great cast of Mystics, I wanted a little more on where they came from, where the city was from, and a bit more world building in general.
Her writing style is very neat and clean, though there were parts where it was more telling and not showing. It would have been nice to get a deeper sense of the city, to get the feel of the desert heat, the smell of the food cooking, and the sounds of the bazaar.
Ilyas and Namir are interesting characters. Ilyas was my favorite, because he was a level headed, kind hearted scholar. Namir is an abuse victim, so he is a bit more emotional. I’m not overly fond of emotional characters, so I wasn’t a super fan of him, but he still has a cuteness to him that is endearing, and you can feel the connection between him and Ilyas. The sex doesn’t happen for awhile, so I wouldn’t categorize this story under erotica. Trigger warning: past abuse is talked about, including rape.
There is a prologue at the beginning, and I would personally cut it. Prologues are useless; if it can be integrated into the story, than it probably isn’t necessary to the plot. This prologue made the story start off as an episode of Law and Order, which is kind of off putting.
All together I think this was a good read. There were parts I would change and expand on, but Tirrell did a great job of creating a unique world that we don’t see often in the LGBT genre.