Friday, November 15, 2019

Review - The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy, #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

Title: The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy, #2)
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Pages: 640
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: 22nd January 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:

Return to Daevabad in the spellbinding sequel to THE CITY OF BRASS.

S. A. Chakraborty continues the sweeping adventure begun in The City of Brass—"the best adult fantasy I’ve read since The Name of the Wind" (#1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir)—conjuring a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any spell, and a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom.

Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.

Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe.

Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.

And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad's towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Harper Collins UK and NetGalley*

After the events of The City of Brass, Nahri's life in Daevabad sees her following the role of her ancestors as a gifted healer. But Nahri has little control in her life, with the king watching her every move, and the man that once protected her gone. She dreams of her home of Cairo.
Prince Ali has survived countless attempts on his life after being cast from Daevabad by his father. Ali misses his home, his family, and Nahri. He struggles to control the strange new powers he's had since the events at the lake, powers the marid (water spirits) have given him.
Things in Daevabad are tense, and when an unknown enemy seeks to attack the city during a celebration, the city and the people within it may never be the same again.

I was a huge fan of The City of Brass, so I was excited and slightly scared to read the sequel, but I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint.
One of my favourite things about the Daevabad books are the characters - they're all so complex and relatable. I love Nahri. She's witty and determined and is definitely someone I would want to be friends with. I felt sorry for her and Ali as they both had little control in their lives and didn't have an easy time of things.
The setting is so interesting and I don't think I could ever get bored of reading descriptions of the palace or the different quarters.
It did take me a while to get used to the terms again (there are quite a few), but it probably didn't help that I didn't re-read the first book before reading this (I only read a recap).
The plot was quite slow paced with things ramping up towards the end, which doesn't always work for me, but in this case it did as I really love all the aspects of the book. There were some plot twists, some of which I didn't see coming. It was quite dark in places, but there were funny comments from the characters to at least try and make it a bit lighter.
The writing style is very easy to follow and had me gripped.
While I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The City of Brass, it was still a very good read and a worthy sequel. I'm scared to read the third book, The Empire of Gold now! I don't want this series to end!

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend.


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