Egypt, 1912. In an alternate Cairo infused with the otherworldly, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (possibly) divine. What starts off as an odd suicide case for Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi leads her through the city’s underbelly as she encounters rampaging ghouls, saucy assassins, clockwork angels, and plot that could unravel time itself.
A really excellent introduction to an incredibly original world. I was expecting this story to be either world building or story focused, given its very short length, but Clark manages to do both without losing momentum in either.
The only small thing was that, nearing the end the story, the writing began to feel rushed with the main character over explaining/reiterating exactly what was going on. I almost felt as it the author felt they no longer had time for anyone not to understand, so they were having the MC stop to explain, which took away slightly from actual action that was going on. Overall a minor issue in an otherwise excellent piece though. I am very excited to pick up in the next books in the series.