Wednesday, June 12

Review: The City of Brass (Daevabad Trilogy #1)

The City of Brass (Daevabad Trilogy #1)
SA Chakraborty

Published By: HarperVoyager
Publication Date: February 19, 2018
Date Read: May 4, 2019
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: ARC from Illumicrate
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36475759-the-city-of-brass

From Goodreads:
Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

"So you just live quietly with these powers? Haven't you ever wondered why you have them? Suleiman's eye... you could be overthrowing governments, and instead you steal from peasants."

The City of Brass is one of the most unique, fast-paced and exciting YA Fantasy books I have ever read. This book had been sat on my shelf for a number of months, after I got an ARC of it from my Illumicrate subscription box. I tried reading it a few weeks ago but I put it down as I felt like the first chapter didn't grip me. However, after a friend was raving over how amazing this book is I couldn't help but pick it up again. I am so glad that I did as this is now one of my favourite Fantasy books of all time. I loved it.

One of the things I absolutely loved about The City of Brass is the setting. It's set in the Middle East and honestly, although I've read a few books set here I don't feel like there is enough. As someone who has never been there I find it so fascinating to read about these different places and cultures that I have no idea about. As well as this I found the mythology behind the magical aspects of this book so incredible. I just couldn't get enough of the different types of Djinn. I couldn't get enough of this incredible magical story.

A part of me almost can't believe that this is SA Chakraborty's debut novel because it was just stunning in everything. The mythology, the setting, the characters... everything was just so superbly developed and written I would expect this sort of thing for someone who has been publishing books for years. If her craft is already so well honed for her debut novel, I can't wait to see what her future books are going to be like. If anything like this they are going to absolutely blow me away.

The City of Brass was utter perfection for me. I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved our protagonist Nahri. Right from the start when she thought she was just a human up to going through this journey of finding out just how special and magical she was. I loved seeing everything through her eyes. It was pretty perfect as Nahri was learning all about this magical world along with us and I felt like that was pretty amazing as when they were describing things about this world it didn't feel like it was just for the readers but for Nahri as well. I absolutely loved Dara... our dashing but emotionally damaged hero/villain all rolled into one. He is my favourite character out of the whole book and I can't wait to read more in the next book.

The City of Brass was just phenomenal. I loved every moment of it and I can't believe it took me so long to read. I did find the first few chapters a little slow which dragged the rating down slightly for me but honestly I'm so glad I read this. This book broke my heart a little towards the end and I can't wait to read book 2. It cannot get her fast enough. I can't wait to read more from this author. If you love fantasy book filled with magic set in far away places... this one is definitely for you.

"Greatness takes time, Banu Nahida. Often the mightiest things have the humblest beginnings."


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