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.
"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
"I adored this city, with its vibrant history and super-fresh magic system, but I loved these astonishing complex vivid characters even more. A fun and fast-paced ride that keeps you guessing all the way (and, yeah, it’s tough to grapple with the ugly legacies of empire and oppression and still have fun, but Jamniapulls it off)."
— Sam J. Miller, author of Blackfish City
A debut fantasy novella set in a queernormative, Persian-inspired world. The first Persian-inspired fantasy by a Persian author for adult audiences.
"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
"With prose that reads like lush poetry, THE BRUISING OF QILWA builds an intricate world full of history, magic, and life." — Zabé Ellor, author of Silk Fire
Save those receipts—a preorder campaign will be announced May 2022!
I'm a neuroscientist-turned-writer who centers marginalized voices whenever I put pen to page. I care deeply about intersectional issues involving race, disability, sexuality, gender, and other systems of oppression that can act as identity markers. I write fiction, primarily fantasy, for all ages (with a focus on middle grade and adult). My nonfiction ranges from scientific journalism to creative nonfiction.
My debut novella, The Bruising of Qilwa, releases August 9, 2022, from Tachyon Publications. It is the first Persian-inspired fantasy for adult audiences written by a Persian author.
I currently live on unceeded land belonging to the Numu, Wašiw, Newe, and Nuwu peoples.
The Tuesday Telegrams
Twice a month, I send out a newsletter called the Tuesday Telegram. Part personal essays and part writing updates, this is the best way to stay in the loop with what I'm up to.