Book Review : Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann.

“A huge shoutout to the author for sending a paperback all the way from US in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. The Book was all intact and alive with its glossy softy cover.

This review is done as part of the book review program of Ireadbooktours.

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– Vithya.

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Tribal affairs is a tale of centuries old dispute between two ancient tribes of djinn or genies, Marid and Ifrit. Marid’s being the most powerful among the 5 tribes of genie, they are genies who like humans whereas Ifrit are the shrewd types who manipulate humans and outwardly hate them.

As The Blurb goes….

‘Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son’.

Main Characters :

Dahlia, Liana, Taffi, Stefan, Jamison and Amon.


To simply put it, Dahlia is a centuries old MARID genie trapped in a golden locket and the locket belongs to liana’s late mother which now she’s wearing as an anklet bracelet. The wearing of the locket starts a chain of bizarre events in liana’s life. As the story progresses she finds herself in a different magical world, not just that, she realises that her arrival was awaited from centuries where now she is prepared for a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy Stefan. With this, there is another main character Taffi, Stefan’s son, who plays  an important role in this genie conflict tale.

I loved the book’s different and fresh take on magical fantasy choosing a plot around genies as we all have a childhood fantasy of genies who turns our wishes into reality with just a command. The narration was indeed good and the language as easy as it could be. Though initially i couldn’t get myself to start reading it as I didn’t know what to expect from a story of genies. But once i was on it, it didn’t feel even once like it was overdone or too much or clichéd. The story was modern unlike what you would expect from a genie story as the plot starts with the main protagonist 16 year old liana, a college goer staying with an aged father, who is a professional magician, trying to make a living out of it.

It was only a few chapters down the line, i found myself hooked to the story and i mean completely hooked and also i had difficulty recognizing dahlia’s and liana’s dialogues apart. There were times i thought it was liana thinking when it was actually dahlia and vice versa, as both their character’s and pasts had many similarities.

I loved all the magical sequence in the story. The love story of Dahlia and Alexander was as beautiful as liana’s and Taffi. There were quite a few lines i found catchy and one of them being, Through all our travels and tragedies, we had seen both the dark and the light in each other’s eyes and still chose to stay” which perfectly sums up their love for each other.

Final verdict :

If you are fan of magical fantasy in a dire need of fresh air, This one is highly recommended!

Love – O – Meter : 4.5🌟

Publisher : Matt Dallmann.

Publication Date : 17 May 2017.

Book length : 278.

Buy :  Amazon India

Price : Rs 927.

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