11 Sep '13
A Vicky Review – A Tale of Two Djinns by Mina Khan (4 Stars)
A TALE OF TWO DJINNS is a sexy paranormal Romeo & Juliet story with genies, feminists, kickass action & adult fun.
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.
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After losing his best friend in a battle, Akshay, the crown prince of the earth djinn decides to leave his realm and visit a bar on Earth to escape and find some time to mourn. He never expected to meet Maya but once he sets eyes on her he is determined to spend the night with her. Maya, having received a lecture from her mother about when she is going to have a child after she nearly died has an entirely different set of reasons for her one night stand as Akshay seems like the perfect father for the baby she is determined to conceive.
Akshay and Maya soon realise that they both want more but can they get past the lies that Maya has told to protect herself as she is a water djinn – the mortal enemy of the earth djinn. Akshay wants to do right by his people but he is also willing to give it all up for Maya.
Maya on the other hand is realising that everything she has learnt about her enemy may not be as clear cut as she first thought – she is a powerful, strong princess who trains their army but nothing could have prepared her for the battle of trying to keep her heart. Can they work together for a better future for both their people?
I enjoyed the interaction between the couple and the insight that Akshay provided Maya in to his world – he showed her the beauty of the earth djinn which she had never been able to see in the past. The way that Akshay took care of Maya when she was injured made it clear that he is a very caring person and that its part of who he is to try to care for everyone, not just a role that he had taken on. I also appreciated the fact that Akshay decided to take a stand and not be browbeaten by his father and the other advisors – that along with his caring side highlighted that he would make an excellent ruler one day. I think I didn’t get a feeling for the person Maya really was as, compared to Akshay – probably because she was mostly trying to hide who she was but the small glimpses of what made her tick showed that she had a mind of her own and wasn’t going to be blinded to the truth but that she also really cared for Akshay and wanted to protect him in her own way.
This is a very different take on djinn but still very enjoyable. More than that it’s a complex story about how people’s perceptions of the same situation can be so different but also how they can also be overcome by love and trust.