The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty (Review)

Format: Paperback

Source: Library

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction

Publication Date: 22nd January 2018

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken 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 Uprooted, 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 eighteenth-century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by–palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing–are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive.

But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary 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 birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass–a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In Daevabad, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries.

Spurning Dara’s warning of the treachery surrounding her, she embarks on a hesitant friendship with Alizayd, an idealistic prince who dreams of revolutionizing his father’s corrupt regime. All too soon, Nahri 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 to be careful what you wish for.”

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My Thoughts

The first time I had heard about this series was just before I started my blog and when a friend picked up a copy and told me it was an amazing read I knew I had to give it a go, especially as she’s not normally one to read fantasy. I’m glad to say this didn’t disappoint.

I have to be honest it does take a while for the book to get going and at time a little difficult to understand all the elements of the world building,  as there are lots of things to remember like the different religions and tribes, but once the story got going and I started to understand all the different elements it I honestly couldn’t get enough. I thought the writing was beautiful and really enjoyed reading the beautiful descriptions that brought both the present Egyptian world and the Daveabad world to life.

Now for the characters. Well what can I say!! They were brilliantly written, we get just enough background information to get to know them. They are well developed and as the story progresses you really learn what an important part they all play in the development of the story. Honestly I loved them all. But of course, Nahri was definitely my favourite even though at times she could be a little annoying. What I loved about her the most was the way she never gives up, even when everybody wants a piece of her. No matter how hard things get she is ready to defend her life and in all that she believes.

This was a great start to the series and I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy. Highly recommend!!

My Rating


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