Read between: 23-27th March
Format: Paperback ARC
Number of pages: 533
Published: November 14th, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Synopsis: 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
Review: City of Brass is a mix of the story of Arabian Nights mixed with drama and a bit of romance- although neither of my ships sailed! I was hoping for at least one of them to, I didn’t realise that both of one half (I shipped two people with one, okay!?) were going to die. 😦
There are two viewpoints- one from Nahri, a healer come con artist trying to make a living for herself in the marketplaces of 18th century Cairo. The second is from Ali, a prince in Daevaba, aka The City of Brass, and their paths end up crossing on an adventure….and a war.
Nahri also discovers the truth about her past with the help of a daeva (not a djinn- don’t call them djinns!) named Dara, and Daevabad calls to her.
I liked the magical elements and discovering the different types of magical beings, both good and bad- and the glossary at the back really helped me to understand the phrases used by the characters, and the types of magical being. I found myself flciking back and forth constantly!
Nahri and Dara’s relationship was love/hate and I was as shocked as Nahri when his true self was revealed- but I was also expecting something to happen. I admit the book was slow in places, but it was written really well that I couldn’t stop reading.
All the characters were well fleshed out- especially Ali’s father who was all kinds of mean! I didn’t like him at all!
Overall it was a good story- I loved the whole world, and I also liked that it was set in Africa rather than the usual speil of medieval Britain, with castles and dragons found in the majority of fantasy novels.
It’s brilliant, it’s different, and I’d definitely be interested in reading the sequel when it comes out.
4.5/5 stars. I’d definitely recommend it, I was surprised how much I loved it!
Thanks for reading!