ARC Review: THE BRUISING OF QILWA by Naseem Jamnia (2022)

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Year Release: August 9th, 2021
Buy Links: Bookshop.org | Unabridged Books

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Content warnings: blood, surgery, bigotry, xenophobia, hate crime (aftermath depicted), plague, medical racism, corpses

Qilwa is a city-state which is the new home of our healer protagonist, Firuz-e Jafari, who lives with their trans brother, Parviz. A plague sweeps the city, but takes on a more menacing tone when new symptoms appear and the body count increases at the clinic. All the while, their younger sibling wants to transition and the siblings bring a fellow blood magic user into their fold.

This novella has a bit of everything: medical fantasy, slice-of-life, and a mystery, all presented in some of the tightest, most layered writing I’ve had the joy and privilege of reading.

An interview with the author will be posted on August 9th, release day.

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