"I loved this gorgeous book about blood magic, chosen family and refugees in a hostile city. Naseem Jamnia has created a rich, complex world in a very short space You should definitely savor it."
— Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky
"A fascinating medical mystery in a rich, complex world I didn’t want to leave."
— S.A. Chakraborty, author of the Daevabad trilogy
"The Bruising of Qilwa transports you to a lushly-described, beautifully imagined world where magic and medicine meet. Heartfelt relationships temper the grim reality of a flawed world with a creeping, strange new disease. A delightful read."
— Neon Yang, author of the Tensorate series
A nonbinary refugee doctor encounters a magical plague in their new home and must use their forbidden magic to find the culprit—before the government cracks down on all the migrants in the city. A debut fantasy novella introducing a queernormative, Persian-inspired world, the first traditionally published by a Persian author for adult audiences.
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