Narrator: Mark Norman
Series: The Hakima's Tale #1
Published by Blue Jinni Media on 22 October 2016
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Speampunk, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Author, Submitted
The Revenge of the Blue Jinni is a tale of a young Arab-American girl who learns of her great destiny: to defend the human world against an ancient malevolent entity.
The Blue Jinni lies in a golden lantern at the bottom of the sea, and his generals work tirelessly to locate and free him. Meanwhile, our hero and her family struggle to understand the strange occurrences happening around them. The benevolent jinn around them guard them against the attacks of the generals, as each attempt on her life brings her closer to knowing who she is.
Once the hero comes of age and understands what she's destined to do, she becomes the Hakima of Ghalib and must begin her training as a warrior against supernatural forces.
©2006 Dedra Stevenson (P)2015 Dedra Stevenson
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The Revenge of the Blue Jinni by Dedra L. Stevenson is the first novel in a series called The Hakima’s Tale. From the moment of her birth, Phoenix has been under surveillance. Destined to be the savior of humanity and the good Jinn from the evil Blue Jinni, Phoenix, as a baby and child, has been protected by her benefactors from the generals of the Blue Jinn who are trying to kill her. As Phoenix grows, she slowly begins to learn of her importance and her destiny. But she is still young; does she have time to learn everything she needs to win the fight of her life? As she slowly learns and finds allies for her future war, all of her family, human and Jinn, try to protect her from continuous fatal attacks by the supporters of the Blue Jinni.
This is a novel well suited for older children or younger young adults. Overall, the concept of the story was interesting, but the writing was simple. It is at its heart a story about good versus evil and a nearly perfect chosen one. I liked the different Jinn characters and how the lore surrounding them builds up over the story as the story progresses. However, there are a lot of Jinn characters and it can be hard to keep track of them. This is a great story for minority young adult fantasy enthusiasts, especially, because the main characters are of Arab descent and the story takes place in the Middle East. A lot of the lore that drives the fantastical elements of the story comes from the lore of that region, even though the author’s takes license with it. Unfortunately, I felt that the story ended too abruptly. While the story was being built up to be a series, it just didn’t feel like it should’ve ended in the spot that it did. It is not a standalone story.
The narration by Mark Norman was good. His characterization of each of the characters made the story seem even more accessible for young adults. The production quality was also good. I would recommend this novel to young adults who like atypical fantasy stories about the fight of a chosen one and good versus evil.
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