I have recommended this before based on reviews from friends and colleagues. The beginning is a bit slow and a tad convoluted. The chapters are pretty short and alternate between the demon (sorry, djinni) and the boy. The former has a very dry sense of humor which makes a fun read. Lots of things blowing up and people being eaten, tastefully of course. Magic comes from controlling beings from The Other Place and magicians rule the country. More exciting than I expected, well worth a try.