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Akshay, warrior prince of the earth djinns, earns the title of Crown Prince at a high cost when he loses his best friend in a battle against ancient enemies, the water djinns. Heartsick, he escapes to Earth to mourn.
Nothing gets the biological clock ticking (and elders lecturing) like almost dying in battle, so Maya, princess of the water djinns, travels to Earth for some no-strings-attached sex to fulfill her duty and produce an heir. But the beautiful and tough warrior gets more than she bargained for when she meets Shay.
Their not-so-simple one-night stand is interrupted by assassins and the world, as they know it, is changed forever. As Maya and Shay pull together to survive, both are determined to have their happily-ever-after and bring peace to their worlds — warring families, shadow assassins, and nosy busybodies be damned.
A Tale of Two Djinns is a Romeo and Juliet meets the Djinn fantasy world of Mina Khan.
Being a fairly short novel at around 150 pages we get a wonderful story but not a huge amount of background.
Shay is the oldest son of the King of the earth djinn and Maya is a lesser princess of the water djinn, the Earth and Water djinn have been at war for many years causing problems in both kingdoms. When Shay and Maya meet up at a bar in the Earth realm neither knows the others real identity.
This is a well crafted world down to vivid descriptions of battles as well as realms, with lovable characters and enough heat to make for a great weekend read. I absolutely fell in love with Akshay and I love that he not only stands up to his family but is willing to change the direction of his country for his love.
Maya is at times the heroine we want to shake until her teeth rattle but overall she is a strong heroine with guts and intelligence.
About this author
Mina Khan started writing at an early age and in the third grade published a thought-provoking poem:
In the Temple of Pong
There is a gong
in the middle of the night
Is it right
for it to ring in the middle of the night?
Hard as it is to believe, she went on to win a few awards for her poetry and then decided to tackle serious writing – short stories, screen plays and books. After concerns expressed by her parents about her livelihood, Mina pursued a career in journalism – print and television.
She retired from full-time media work in 2007 to focus on her family and personal writing. Currently, she teaches cooking classes and writes about food for her day job.
Mina considers writing her greatest vice and her only salvation ~it drives her bat-shit crazy and keeps her sane.