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I realise, after reading some of the reviews, that I am taking an unpopular stand here.
However, I was shocked at how shallow and poorly written this turned out to be!
There are some disturbing threads that run through this piece of work.
It is sexist, to begin with, and full of racial slurs.
And it romanticises smoking, of all things. The Djinn smoke, and the children are drawn to cigarette smoke after their"heritage" begins to influence them.
Even though the point is made that smoking is bad for the "normal" human being, children identify with their hero of the moment, and if they fancy themselves to be Djinn, well, in order to be authentic, smoking is part of the package.
What are the author and publishers thinking? Perhaps more about potential profit than quality, or the potential to influence children in less than beneficial ways.
To add insult to injury, it really is very poorly written. I found no delight or wonder in these pages.
Parents, do be aware of what your children are reading. If you want them to absorb sexist and racist attitudes couched in silly humor, and to think smoking is a "magical" thing, then definitely give them this to read.
If not, encourage them to read something better written and more worthwhile. There a truly wonderful writers out there who offer great alternatives to this silly, garbled mess.