I don’t generally read urban fantasy. Actually, this is the first that I have read in that genre. So, I started with no expectations at all!
2050, New York. In the aftermath of a gruelling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani-American student, enters into an alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan, now in the grip of a brutal fundamentalist government, and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the Caliphate. To accomplish this, he must pose as a true believer. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father’s inner sanctum and complete his mission? Hell! No Saints in Paradise is both biting satire and allegory that takes urban fantasy to dizzying heights.
My Review –
The main character, Ismael is a Pakistani-American student who is pursuing his P.hd on the topic of understanding the truth behind heaven and hell. On suggestion of a girl, who Ismael met in a coffee shop, joins a Yoga Centre, known for its powerful and mind-clarifying properties. During the process he finds out that his fate has chosen different tasks for him.
Ismael is asked by these voices to visit her birth place and pose as a true believer of faith in front of his father, who is an extremist. He had to do this in return of information about heaven and hell. Will he be able to accomplish his mission?
Ismael’s character is really well written. He outlook is quite contemporary and the way it is written is really realistic. The cultural shock that he goes through during the start of the novel is really relatable.
There are facts from the Holy Quran which talk about the theme of heaven and hell. At times I felt really confused, but if you keep patience, everything is explained as the book progresses (or you can also take help from Google if you want more information).
I would totally recommend this to all who want a page turner and are a fan of fantasy. I would rate it a 4/5.
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Note – I received the book from Writersmelon in return of an honest opinion.