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Is part of The Chronicles of El Jisal Sophie Masson , 2004 series - author novel (number 2 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 The Curse of Zohreh
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'A hundred years ago, an old and respected Parsarian merchant from the ancient Akamenian sect, Zohreh of the Melkior clan, is put to death by an evil Ameeratan lord, Kassim bin-Saad al Farouk, who covets her business. As she dies, Zohreh curses al Farouk and all his family, calling down the curse of fire on them for all eternity.All first borns, when they reach their fifteenth birthday, will die a dreadful death by fire.

We now jump to the present, and to a descendant of Kassim al-Farouk, Khaled al-Farouk, who is nearing his fifteenth birthday. Not only is he frightened by that, but he is also very much preoccupied by the dreadful injustice done to Zohreh so long ago, and really wants to put it right and lift the curse from his family. His father suggests they contact his old friend Husam al-Din, in far away Jayangan, to help: because Husam has had a great deal of contact with the Jinn, magical fire-spirits who can transform at will: and it is in the world of the Jinn that Khaled is likely to find answers! So they write to Husam, who agrees to come, with his Jinn friend, Kareen Amar.

Meanwhile, in far away Parsari, 14 year old Soheila, one of the last of the beggared Melkior clan, who does not realise that Zohreh called down the curse on the Al-Farouks, plots her own terrible revenge against the rich and powerful al-Farouks, and sets off for Ameerat to fulfill the revenge.. All these people's paths meet, in an explosive, fast-moving, engaging and exciting adventure of magic and revenge!'

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Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it is set in a parallel-world version of Saudi Arabia.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House , 2005 .
      Extent: 277p.
      Description: map
      ISBN: 1741660726

Works about this Work

[Review] Shadow Plays [et al] Stuart Mayne , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction , no. 38/39 2007; (p. 210-215)

— Review of Shadow Plays : An Anthology of Speculative Fiction 2007 anthology short story ; Heart of the Mirage Glenda Larke , 2006 single work novel ; Shadow of Tyr Glenda Larke , 2007 single work novel ; Song of the Shiver Barrens Glenda Larke , 2007 single work novel ; The Gypsy Crown Kate Forsyth , 2006 single work children's fiction ; The Silver Horse Kate Forsyth , 2006 single work children's fiction ; The Herb of Grace Kate Forsyth , 2007 single work children's fiction ; The Cat's Eye Shell Kate Forsyth , 2007 single work children's fiction ; The Lost Castle Michael Pryor , 2007 single work children's fiction ; The Last Days : A Novel Scott Westerfeld , 2006 single work novel ; Snow, Fire, Sword Sophie Masson , 2004 single work novel ; The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel ; The Tyrant's Nephew Sophie Masson , 2006 single work novel
Untitled Rosemary Thomas , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 19 no. 3 2005; (p. 43-44)

— Review of Snow, Fire, Sword Sophie Masson , 2004 single work novel ; The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
Untitled Raghid Nahhas , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Kalimat : An International Periodical of Creative Writing , September no. 22 (English) 2005; (p. 12-14)

— Review of The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
Untitled Bronwyn McDonald , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 13 no. 4 2005; (p. 48)

— Review of The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
Untitled Kerry White , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 20 no. 3 2005; (p. 41-42)

— Review of The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 July 2005; (p. 4)

— Review of The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
Weaving a Magic Thread Ronni Phillips , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 July 2005; (p. 17)

— Review of The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 July 2005; (p. 22-23)

— Review of The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
Untitled Kerry White , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 20 no. 3 2005; (p. 41-42)

— Review of The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
Untitled Bronwyn McDonald , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 13 no. 4 2005; (p. 48)

— Review of The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , 2005 single work novel
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