Saturday, 21 October 2017

ARC Review Rant: The City Of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Series: The Daevabad Trilogy, #1
Release Date: 14, November, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 528
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Source: Edelweiss
Rate: 5/5


Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the JinniThe 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 . . .


Nahri has the ability of magically healing people. One day when she somehow summons a djinn, she gets to know about real magic and the place called Daevabad.
The story isn't that simple. There were Arabic Muslims in the novel which made the book more interesting for me. I haven't read many Muslim fantasy novels and this turned out to be so amazing. The main character is extremely bad-ass. The world building of this novel is extremely beautiful. The pacing is on point. The writing style of Chakraborty is so engulfing. I really liked the character of Ali, he's just so sweet and nice and idk. His brother is a pretty hot character but kinda immature. I really liked how the author has written about Daevabad. It just felt so cinematic. Plus the amount of twists and turns in the book is insane. We get some crazy romance but this book is more like action>romance which is exactly my kinda thing.
Overall, if you're looking for some great Muslim reads I would highly recommend you The City Of Brass. It's so beautifully written with the best characters ever. YOU NEED THIS ONE TRUST ME.

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