Book Review: City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty

Rating: 4 Stars


I went into this book with zero knowledge of what to expect and I found myself thoroughly immersed into a world of magic carpets, delicious food, complex djinn politics, and bloody history of war and ignorant hatred.

Nahri was a great character, I loved her right from the get-go. She was tough, brave, and full of dreams, I loved that she made a life for herself in Cairo doing what she needed to do to survive. She got a lot more than she bargained for when she accidentally called an ancient Afshin to her exposing her ancestry.

I enjoyed following Nahri’s journey throughout the world as she learned about herself and the world where she belongs. I adored how she reacted to everything and her dynamic with Dara was so enjoyable to read, it was complex and full of promise.

It took me a while to get into Ali’s chapters as they had a lot more political intrigue-type content, though I ended up really loving the details we got in these chapters as it gave us an insight into the opposing Djinn to Nahri and her tribe. I loved getting to understand the royal family more as well as Daevabad politics. However, as there are a lot of tribes and new concepts introduced in the beginning half of the book, this took a while to get into but by that end, I was thoroughly invested.

Chakraborty managed to weave together such a beautiful, colourful world full of rich imagery whilst also bringing in heavier concepts of ignorance, a blind hatred for a past no one alive remembers, and complicated tribe dynamics. I haven’t read anything quite like this before and It hooked me into this new vivid world. The ending was very unexpected and has set up book 2 for a wide variety of possible storylines. I can’t wait to see what book 2 will bring, and how the characters will fare.

I really loved that story kept introducing new ideas and there were so many possible storylines that could happen, I was constantly kept guessing about which way the story would turn and trying to anticipate any twists. I would thoroughly recommend it to readers looking for an immersive, rich and complex story with an intriguing cast of characters.

Title: City of Brass

Series: The Daevabad Trilogy #1

Author: S.A Chakraborty

Genre: Fantasy


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...

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