Nura and the Immortal Palace

By M. T. Khan

A magical and page-turning adventure following a young girl’s journey from the mines of Pakistan into the treacherous world of the jinn. A sparkling tale rooted in Muslim culture and tradition.

Nura has worked all her life in the mica mines, earning just enough to keep her family afloat – and to enjoy the odd delicious gulab jamun from the market. Some day she’s going to find the Demon’s Tongue, a legendary treasure buried deep in the mines, and she'll never have to worry about money again. Then a terrible accident in the mine buries her best friend below ground. Desperate to save him, Nura digs too deep and passes over into the magical and terrible world of the jinn. Across a pink sea and under a purple sky, she finds her way to a palace, where great riches and a whole new life are on offer. But it’s not long before Nura discovers this world to be as unfair as the real one, and that trickster jinn will always live up to their reputation…

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529503494
  • Published: 07 Jul 2022
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 272

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Customer reviews


'With gorgeous, atmospheric writing, M.T. Khan tells a bold tale that challenges greed and inequality as the tough and clever Nura fights the odds from the mica mines of rural Pakistan to a realm of jinn and magic. ' Xiran Jay Zhao, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Widow and Zachary Ying series

'Sparkling with magic, Nura whisks you from the mica mines of Pakistan to the dreamy and dangerous realm of the Jinn. A twisty, atmospheric tale with a fierce protagonist, whose voice lingered in my mind long after I'd finished reading.' author of Wonderscape

'It was a delight to adventure with Nura into the magical and luminous world of the jinn.' author of Asha and the Spirit Bird

'Both startling and beautiful. Nura will win your heart in the first pages of this magical adventure with surprises at every turn.' J.C. Cervantes

'M.T. Khan weaves a magical tale brimming with themes of friendship, family, and hope - interspersed with delicious foods and enthralling lore. Readers will root for brave Nura from the gripping beginning to the breathtaking conclusion. Action-packed, heartfelt, timeless!' Katie Zhao

'Beautifully imaginative and full of humor, heart, and characters to root for. A grand adventure of a book. ' Christina Li

'Nura and the Immortal Palace is a debut that glimmers as captivatingly and intensely as the mica its protagonist mines. Every word is a thoughtfully selected gem, every scene gripping and intensely wrought. The result is an adventure that is dangerously beautiful and will make sure readers are both enchanted and excited for every page turn. M.T. Khan is a wordsmith to watch, and name to remember.' Karuna Riazi

'A stunning debut. Khan weaves a uniquely magical tale taking the tropes of jinn and presenting them as tragic, selfish, and all together untrustworthy. Nura, despite her humble origin, rises up to take on all the illusions and deceits of the immortal mischief-makers, and through her trials Khan presents a powerful view of the world we live in, where injustice and subjugation of the poor and powerless is as cruel and destructive as anything a djinni could conjure up. A uniquely powerful tale. ' Sarwat Chadda

'M. T. Khan has woven a magical, transporting tale with Nura and the Immortal Palace. Guiding us into a mysterious and glitzy world of jinn, serving us sweet bites of gulab jamun, all while shedding light on the chilling reality of child labor in our world, Khan's debut is one that will linger with me long after turning the last page.' Graci Kim

'I definitely recommend you join Nura and Faisal in a breath-taking adventure between dimensions and find friendship excitement and magic in the pages.' Books Up North

'This action-packed story set in a Muslim community moves at a fast pace, with evocative writing that brings the fantasy world to life and lyrical imagery to describe emotions. An enthralling fantasy debut exploring exploitation by those in power.' Kirkus

'An exhilarating ride from start to finish. The quick-moving plot serves as a vehicle for both suspense and wonder, as Khan expertly weaves together traditional Pakistani folklore with the raw injustice of child exploitation and labor. This high-stakes, immersive fantasy will be sure to stay with readers long after they finish it.' Booklist

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