Can’t Wait Wednesday #6

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Can’t Wait Wednesday is a chance to cast a spotlight on books we haven’t read yet, especially ones that haven’t been released yet.

This week, I can’t wait for…


Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world 50 years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threatens to spill onto the global stage.

Alongside her Ministry colleagues and her clever girlfriend Siti, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city — or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems…

Release Date

May 11, 2021

Why I Can’t Wait

I have read and enjoyed P. Djèlí Clark’s two other Egyptian steampunk books, A Dead Djinn in Cairo (read my review here) and The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (read my review here), and this novel sounds like everything I could possibly hope for.

A return of Ministry Agents Hamed and Onsi? CHECK.

Fatma being a badass? CHECK.

A novel-length adventure? (The other two Egyptian steampunk books are novellas, and I think A Dead Djinn in Cairo in particular suffered for the lack of length). CHECK.


IT’S GONNA BE SAPPHIC. Fatma having a sapphic romance is just… just the cherry on top of my ice cream sundae, you know? I absolutely love the world-building that Clark has put into these books, and how this version of Edwardian Egypt is explored and made so vivid. I absolutely cannot wait for this book to be released, I am so hype I cannot put it into words.

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