The cover of The Bruising of Qilwa. A golden hand drips blood on the title. A city rises on a hill, an island in the middle of a sea with boats. Vines creep along the sides. The colors are red, gold, cream, and purple.

    The Bruising of Qilwa

    "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 in the United States. Available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook.


  • An image of the preorder incentive pin. A purple flask has fire coming out the top, and two hands circling each other with blood droplets in the middle. Around the flask says "Magic is a working of the will." The colors are red, gold, cream, and purple.

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  • Naseem, a light-skinned West Asian person with brown hair, looks up and away from the camera at the sky, squinting one eye. They have a light blue headband and a dark blue shirt that has some visible red.

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