Author: S A Chakraborty
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: January 29, 2018
Genres: Young adult, Fantasy
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: 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 . . .
unfortunately, i didn’t like the city of brass as much as i’d hoped. i really liked the general ideas of this book, and the setting was amazing too.
i had a love/hate relationship with the world building in this book. i loved how different the setting was. this isn’t your typical western based fantasy world. it was so refreshing. however, i really disliked how s.a. chakraborty went over the top with everything. like, yes, i get it, can we move on now? it felt like a lot of fluff/filler content to meet a word count or something. if i wanted a bunch of world building that wasn’t relevant to the story i’d go read some adult fantasy.
i quite enjoyed the use of djinn. i don’t think i’ve ever read a book that features them. i would’ve loved some more description regarding what they are and their backstory (rather than the paragraphs of scenic filler).
i also really liked nahri. i found her unique but also likeable. like the setting, i found nahri to be refreshing in comparison to other ya heroines.
although i didn’t enjoy this book as much as i’d’ve liked, i still recommend giving it a go. i’ve read many reviews by people raving about the city of brass.