My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the second volume of the Daevabad Trilogy, an Islamic-inspired fantasy set in eighteenth-century Egypt and the magical city of the djinn, Daevabad. While I appreciated something different from the usual boring white European setting, I must say this book struck me as overly convoluted and overstuffed. I say that because it took me over a week to finish it. It's not badly written--quite the opposite. However, it did feel that inside the book's 609 pages there was a 350-page tale struggling to get out. The worldbuilding was also more than a bit complicated (the glossary at the back of the book was sorely needed), and it just feels like the entire thing could have been trimmed down and streamlined. But I applaud the author for writing something fresh and new.