"A world of magic, unbelievable splendour and trickery based on Muslim traditions"
Our young heroine Nura works hard in the mica mines to earn a little money, for a great deal of effort, to help support her family in this enthralling new fantasy series. Nura has heard tales all her life about the amazing Demon’s Tongue – a piece of mica that would make her so rich her family would never need to work again. She digs and digs, deeper and deeper, until her efforts contribute to a mine collapse in which her friend Faisal is missing.
Being as brave as she is foolhardy Nura sets off to try and rescue Faisal but instead falls into the realm of the jinn – ancient tricksters who prey on humans to be their slaves. Nura has been warned against jinn in all the stories her mother told her, but she just must find Faisal…
A powerfully told story of epic struggles to battle tricky jinn and rescue Faisal also has very strong themes of the wickedness of child exploitation by profit seeking industrialists underlined with the power of education to lift people from poverty. Based in Pakistan today, using the traditional Muslim tales of jinn that are timeless, Khan creates a fantasy adventure that can also help today’s child appreciate the inequalities and the dangers of modern life for those less fortunate than themselves. Perhaps this book will make some children appreciate the value of their own educational opportunities.
I really look forward to seeing more from Khan – a debut author to watch out for.