Booklist says The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years is ‘beautifully written with intriguing characters’

Booklist just released their review of The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years and I’m pleased to say that it’s a good one. Please find it below:


Issue: November 1, 2023

The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years.

By Shubnum Khan Jan. 2024. 320p. Viking, $28 (9780593653456); e-book (9780593653463)

Trying to cope with the loss of her mother, Sana and her father move from the farm she grew up on to the coast of South Africa and into the manor house Akbar Manzil. The dilapidated manor house, now converted into apartments, is inhabited by eccentric tenants, abandoned rooms, and secrets lurking behind locked doors. While her father navigates his own grief, fifteen-year-old Sana is left to her own devices. The manor is like a living thing, full of curiosities just waiting for Sana to discover them. Interspersed with chapters that tell the story of how the house came to be are stories of the people who lived there and the ghosts of the past that have left deep footprints, like memories the house cannot forget. Sana roams the house uncovering artifacts of the past owners and their mysteries, but Sana has secrets of her own, ghosts that haunt her just as the past haunts this house. Beautifully written with intriguing characters and a story line that spans time, this subtle fantasy novel mixes historical fiction with dark fairy tales. — Tessa Terry

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