Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review - The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

Title: The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Pages: 544
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: 14th November 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.

But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there’s nothing magical about them. She only wishes to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes…

Be careful what you wish for.

My Review:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and NetGalley*

Nahri lives in Cairo. With no family, she uses her wits and gift of healing to get by as a con artist. Nahri dreams of the day she will have enough money to leave Cairo.
Everything changes when Nahri unwittingly finds herself drawn into a world of magic, djinn and powerful beings.
Will Nahri survive unscathed?

I was wary going into The City of Brass that I wouldn't like it - it's popular and rather long.
However, I'm relieved to say that I did enjoy it. Very much.
I really liked the characters in this. They all had their flaws but that made them all the more relatable and believable. Nahri was witty and wily. Dara had a dark past but I loved every conversation with him in it. I liked Ali too. I felt sorry for him - he was trying to help his people but things didn't go very well for him.
The plot was interesting and held my attention.
I really liked the romance. While it happened slightly faster than I would like, I could feel the spark.
The writing style was easy to follow and I found the world that the author has created really interesting. However, there were a lot of terms introduced at once and I was a bit confused for a while.
I definitely want to read the sequel.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.

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