Djinnx'd (The Tamar Black Saga #1)

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"Your wish is my command!"

What would you wish for if you were offered three wishes?
When poor little rich girl, Tamar, found a dirty old bottle in the river and released an ancient and powerful Djinn, she decided to go for the big one, the wish to end all wishes.

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781458195388
About Nicola Rhodes

About the Author
Nicola Rhodes often can’t remember where she lives so she lives inside her own head most of the time, where even if you do get lost, it’s still okay.
She has met many interesting people inside her own head and eventually decided to introduce them to the rest of the world, in the hopes that they would stop bothering her and let her sleep.
She has been doing this for ten years now but they still won’t leave her alone.

She wrote this book for fun and does not care if you take away a moral lesson from it or not.

You have her full permission to read whatever you wish into this work of fiction. As she says herself:
“Just because I wrote this book, doesn’t mean I know anything about it.”

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Review by: Luke Green on July 31, 2013 :
The adventure follows along a number of familiar themes in an original and pleasing manner. I found myself halfway through the book almost before I realized it. There were a number of things that I expected and a number of things that took me for a pleasant loop.

The narration proceeds along at a casual sort of dinner table pace. You can almost hear it voiced by someone like Stephen Fry or whoever it was that did the voiceover for the Hitchhiker's Guide movie. While the narrator is consistently describing things in a calm, matter of fact manner, such that you can almost see the amused smirk as he describes the way the story proceeds, you still have a good sense of just how frantic the characters are in certain scenes. A lot of times when an author tries for the dry, smirky narration, then the characters themselves seem to acquire the same sort of calm approach to things. However, this story very thoroughly portrays Denny and Tamar's alternating frustrations with each other and the situation as they move from problem to problem.

There are a number of cliches and tropes, but they're handled very well, with a liberal amount of lampshade hanging. Playing with the tropes is a central part of the books humor actually, and it could be said that Denny has weaponized his genre savvy even well past the point of being dangerously genre savvy. And that dovetails in with other elements of the book's story and setting.

The story is rather reminiscent of Douglas Adams with the frequent asides and quirky humor, actually. While they don't quite leave the Earth, except when maybe they do, it still remains a fun sort of romp through a fantastically farcical world. Right down to the delightfully irreverent retelling of the Biblical creation that occurs within the first few pages.

All in all, a very wonderful piece of writing.
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Review by: Simon Perkins on April 15, 2012 : (no rating)
This is the first in an octet of novels dealing with the adventures of a djinn called Tamar the Black, all of which I have read & thoroughly enjoyed. Unlike the usual, over-written, unnecessarily purple-prose-ridden fare of your average, run-of-the-mill pulp fantasy, these books have a wonderfully light, witty, almost conversational tone to their prose. This carries the reader through adventures & setbacks to a satisfying conclusion. The plots are convoluted & clever, yet engaging. The author has a deep knowledge of various pantheons & mythoi, which she weaves unobtrusively, yet entertainingly, into her stories. She effortlessly meshes fantasy & magic with the prosaic modern world. Her characters are both believable & likeable. I would recomend everything in this series, (the other 7 Tamar books & the rest of her work, including the SCI'ON sci-fi/fantasy crossover series is available in a number of formats from Smashwords & Goodreads). I can't understand why Nicola Rhodes work isn't massive! It is a hackneyed cliche you hear all the time about authors, but, in my opinion, (& I only have an English degree), I truly feel the quality of her writing is on a par with Pratchett & Tom Holt. Her fiction has had me both laughing my arse off & brought a tear to my eye. Like a refreshing, breath of fresh air, I can recommend this novel without reservation. Even to those, like me whose palate for fantasy has become jaded through over-exposure.
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Review by: Katie Boofer on Dec. 17, 2011 :
I enjoyed this story, and found it a refreshing change from the everyday Vampire fare we've been served by writers at large. That said, if you're looking for something different to read, this is a good choice.

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Review by: Bumblefish on April 16, 2011 :
Had all, i want from a book. Adventure, humor, magic and more; and all that in the right mix. Wonderful!
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Review by: Jayson Kerrick on Sep. 14, 2010 :
I absolutely loved this book, from the prologue to the epilogue, I really enjoyed it. Sly & rich fare, the breezy prose belies its true intensity. As other reviews have noted, the editing is not without flaw, but really, it was no big deal.
I am craving more from the Nicola Rhodes.
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Review by: Doug Pardee on Aug. 18, 2010 :
A fun and inventive story, well-written, but poorly edited.

Punctuation errors are rife, with often more than one in a paragraph. As Donna Jaske has noted, the dialogue is frequently paragraphed incorrectly. And the text size sometimes varies from paragraph to paragraph for no reason.

Properly edited, this book would be a grand-slam home run. The fact that I read it all the way to the end despite the editing problems is testimony to how much I enjoyed the story and the story-telling; sloppy editing is something I don't tolerate well.
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Review by: Kelli Caselman on June 30, 2010 :
What a fun, fun book this was to read. I would say the conversations were the very best part. I have no sense of humor, and I actually smiled while I read this.
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Review by: Kat Evans on April 19, 2010 :
I intend to review the first four Tamar Black books all in one go - to save time

Some time ago I discovered a little known author of fantasy books Nicola Rhodes. I bought her first book “Tamar Black – Djinnx’d” and thoroughly enjoyed it – so when it was released, I bought the next one “Reality Bites” and then the one after that “Tempus Fugitive” since the second book was well up to the standard of the first. I was not disappointed – these books are witty, light-hearted fun and very cleverly written and get better with every book – the plots more intricate, the characters more developed and interesting as their stories are carried on from book to book.

Since I had read with great enjoyment the first three Tamar Black books and found the author talented, witty and original, I looked forward to reading the fourth book in the series (The Day Before Tomorrow) as you might expect.
When I reached the last page I was seized with a great disappointment - disappointment that the book had finished that is. I wanted it to go on. I really was quite gutted for a minute there. And it struck me then. “Why is this woman not famous?”

If talent like this can be overlooked and eclipsed by the likes of Twilight (to give one example of some absolutely egregious rubbish that is out there polluting young minds) then there is something wrong with the world.
I daresay there are more examples of this imbalance out there – this just happens to be the one I know about.

“The Day Before Tomorrow” was brilliant – nothing less. I had considered Ms Rhodes to be a talented writer, but I am now not so sure she isn’t a genius.

When you read her work you are transported into her world - you can see the story unfold before your eyes as if on a movie screen. She never tries to show off her intelligence or how much she knows about her subject with long and tedious explanations – she just tells the story in the most captivating manner.
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Review by: Elaine Morgan on April 19, 2010 :
What a total wanker (the reviewer below mine, not the book). This is a rotter of a book and deserves at least three stars. Very imaginative in concept even if a little light on execution of plot and dialogue.
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Review by: Seamus O'Shay on April 18, 2010 :
I've read through the other reviews here and honestly I don't see what they are raving about. This author has a decent imagination, but the entire story seems to me to be too rushed and lacking in the humour others see in abundance. I liked this story, but I can't give it a glowing review. It was okay, but nothing to write home to mum about.
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Review by: Rhonda R on April 15, 2010 :
This is a biting, humorous tale, which will make you snicker, laugh out loud and occasionally break out in a vicious grin. If you like your fantasy fiction combined with humor, or are a fan of writers like Douglas Adams, you'll love Djinnx'd. And better yet, there are more books in the series!!!
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Review by: Drew on April 08, 2010 :
Okay, so I admit it, I wanted to know what this was all about so I followed the link to the print version and copied the blurb from there as I am too lazy to write it myself.
This is what the book is about…
Djinnx'd ... - or jinxed by a genie, which is what happens to Tamar when she is tricked into taking the genie's place in the bottle.
Good - in that she now has phenomenal cosmic power
Bad - in that she is now the slave of the bottle for the next several eternities.
But eternity is cut short when she meets Denny.
At first he seems just the latest in a long line of human masters, but it soon becomes apparent that he is no ordinary master when he declares his intention to set Tamar free from her bondage - no matter what the cost.
He has no idea what he's let himself in for.
Witches, mermaids, houri's a homicidal Djinn and a mad forest god with a superiority complex and that's not the half of it...
What can kill a Djinn?
If Denny can't answer this question in time then it will all have been for nothing.
This is a lighthearted comic fantasy in which a lot of ridiculous things happen, but the characters always remain real. Or as real as a five thousand year old Djinn can be.
A cross between the Halliwell sisters (Charmed) and Lara Croft, Tamar Black has a dark side to her nature that Denny (a slacker since before there was a word for it) has to teach her to rein in before can set her loose on the world. Or who knows what she might do.
It's a difficult, sometimes dangerous, quest to find a sorceress who, in the end, may or may not be able to help them find the Djinn who trapped Tamar in the first place and put him back where he belongs.
And they have to do it before whatever is coming after Tamar catches up with her.
Lot’s of twists and turns before the final surprise at the ending - you won't see it coming.
This is what I thought of it…
What a great read. I gotta admit I loved this. It’s not your usual mass produced blah, written to a formula. It’s actually inventive, different and interesting.

I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman and this is in the same sort of style. I was sucked in by the above mentioned blurb and I figured it would be the type of stuff I like and it is. In other words it’s witty, funny, sarcastic, satirical and sharp and a little bit silly. It’s paranormal but ridiculously so not pompously. It’s full of magic but not fairies or unicorns or mermaids – well not as we know them anyway. The witches in the book all belong to the WI . (Women’s Institute) – I knew it !!!
It’s our world – but it isn’t. The book holds up a mirror to the real world and it’s not always a flattering one.
It’s in a similar style to your old favourites, but not the same. Something new to get your teeth into. Unique, as all good books should be.
In other words, it’s good stuff.
In fact....
I think I’m gonna go now and read it again.
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Review by: Jennifer Neill on March 30, 2010 :
Djinnx’d – clever title, lovely cover, effervescent prose, interesting storyline, engaging characters, witty banter.

All that I hope for and more than I can usually reasonably expect from a book I found within these pages.

My only slight criticism, the book is too short and the end came too soon. (Which is better at least, than my feeling that the book was too long and that the end would never come I suppose.) But happily, I can now go and avail myself of the sequel, so that’s all right.
Recommended reading for all those who like their wit sharp and their fantasy comic.
I am sincerely looking forward to the next book
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Review by: Sean Allen on March 29, 2010 :
Tamar Black is a Djinn by accident and Denny Sanger is here to save her from the slavery of the bottle by finding the evil Djinn who trapped her there in his place 5000 years before. But first they have to find a powerful sorceress to help them and that is not going to be easy...

I enjoyed this book. The characters Tamar and Denny are cool and engaging; not your typical hero and heroine at all. And the banter between them is excellent.

And the story is well plotted with enough twists and turns to keep you interested without being so utterly confusing that you cease to care about the fate of the characters in an effort to follow the storyline - a common failing in this genre. It's basically a straightforward quest but you only find out at the end what should have been obvious from the beginning. Red herrings abound.

Set partly in the real world and partly in the shadowy magical underworld that Tamar belongs to. These worlds blend so seamlessly that you find yourself wondering which world is actually the real one. And there are several witty explanations for the weird and inexplicable things that happen in the world starting right at the beginning with the description of the mainframe. The book is also sprinkled with odd characters with silly (but oddly appropriate) names in the finest tradition of Terry Pratchett.
Although this is a stand alone story with a satisfactory ending there is a hint in the epilogue of a sequel to come.
I hope there is. I wouldn't mind finding out what happens next to Tamar and Denny. If it's anything like what happens in this one, it should be interesting.
In fact, it's possible that Tamar Black has cult possibilities - if she comes back enough times anyway. But whether she does or not, this is a good read all by itself.
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Review by: Angela Blythe on March 29, 2010 :
This is an absolutely brilliant story that reminds me strongly of Terry Pratchett’s offerings and I can’t give higher praise than that.

Tamar is a girl who gets greedy when it comes to the wishing and asks for a good deal too much – then pays the price.

Denny is a boy who would need a charisma transplant just to be Clark Kent who ends up being her hero despite himself.

Together they are a boisterously funny duo and you really can’t help liking them and wishing them well.

It ends up as a quest. With nonsensical clues, ridiculous situations and ludicrous characters they have to fight their way through houris, mermaids, witches, demi gods and other various and sundry opponents to find Tamar’s salvation.

I loved every page of it. It was sharp and witty and fast paced.

Magical entertainment.

(In respect of the review posted below – I had no difficulty reading this book, nor in following the dialogue. And, as a voracious reader of everything from classics to crime novels, I am quite sure that I am well ‘used’ to good editing.

If there were problems they were not sufficient to spoil my reading experience, I never noticed. But then again, I am not an editor, just a reader. Perhaps as an editor the previous reviewer is more sensitive to editing errors than most readers, perhaps she is just touting for business.)
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Review by: Donna Jaske on March 28, 2010 :
This is a very funny and enjoyable story, kind of along the line of the old “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” And the characters in D..Jinnx’d are young with that irreverent sense of humor. But within some of the humor there lies some great insight into human behavior. Tamar, as most people do, makes three wishes with unexpected consequences and spends the rest of the story finding her Hero and undoing the damage she caused. The reader will be surprised to learn how the universe really works. Oh, and if you ever wanted the answer to this riddle, the Hero figures it out: There are two people. One always lies and the other always tells the truth. You must ask one question to decide which door to enter. One leads to death, the other to survival. What question do you ask?

The four-star rating is what the book would earn only if you can overlook the poor editing and many run-on sentences and occasional confusing dialog. “Who’s talking?” It would not take much to make this a very clean book that could compete with other books in the market. But readers who are used to mostly good editing will be a little frustrated. As is, the book gets three stars. Donna Jaske. Editor.
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Review by: mike on March 24, 2010 :
This has to be one of my favourite books of all time. From the beautifully designed cover, through the unbelievably witty prologue and thirty subsequently amazing chapters, then culminating in the enticing epilogue. I was glued to this book as I was to the works of writers such as Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Michael Crichton. The story has the benefit of being totally unique and unlike most fantasy novels, has a good sense of realism as for the most part, the story is set in the present time. Humour is used throughout this work to very great effect and is punctuated by darker more sinister episodes, The characters have been well thought out and are totally believable, you can really feel the emotions of the books hero `Denny' as he has to come to terms with the many pitfalls that lie ahead.
It is obvious that this work has been written with care and devotion and should not be missed - Tell your friends - .. This is also a book that can be enjoyed by most readers of most ages and although it is based very firmly in the realms of fantasy, it has a universal feel that everyone will enjoy. I now wait with bated breath to see if a sequel arrives on the market.
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