The City of Brass

, #1

532 pages

English language

Published Oct. 28, 2017

ISBN:
978-0-06-267810-2
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OCLC Number:
972383644

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4 stars (46 reviews)

"Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty--an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-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 and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes. For the warrior tells her an extraordinary …

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4 stars

After multiple disappointing fantasy books, this one came through for me. ☺️ At first I thought it might be too lighthearted, but that tone only really existed in the banter between Dara and Nahri at the beginning. It got quite a bit darker by the end.

I like the world a lot, though I have to admit to being quite muddled about the history even now. It’s explained, but it’s complex (at least for my little brain), and involves some shifting alliances that are hard to track. I didn’t want to google anything for fear of accidentally reading spoilers! But the focus is political/court shenanigans which is a favorite for me in fantasy.

The last 100-ish pages are intense. I was surprised by how much happened and where it all went plot-wise. I was stressed. I also enjoy the characters - Nahri, Ali, Dara, Muntadhir. I like how Chakraborty …

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

The City of Brass

4 stars

City of Brass is the first book in SA Chakraborty's Daevabad medieval Muslim fantasy trilogy. The premise is that an Egyptian thief with mysterious healing powers accidentally summons a warrior djinn; it turns out she is the last of a race of Nahid djinn and is whisked away to a hidden city of Daevabad where she is immediately embroiled in politics.

What I enjoyed the most out of this book was the multilayered and dynamic political and personal tensions. The current Geziri rulers destroyed the previous Nahid/Daeva rulers, now living as ~second class citizens in Daevabad. The historical (and present) conflict between them revolves around Shafit half-djinn who are both required to live in Daevabad and also forced to live in squalor. For me, this is fantasy politics at its best where everybody's grievances and actions are understandable and often there's no good answers.

The two alternating perspectives of this …

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

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5 stars

Sometimes you do something that feels like your whole life has organized itself to appreciate that thing. The one special class. That crazy trip. This spectacular book.

As usual I have no idea how much of a clone of me you’ll need to be for this book to land. But, a childhood steeped in North African and Arab and Persian and Indian cultures. A taste for multilingualism and cosmopolitanism. A deep desire to understand colonialism—and wasn’t the Arabs did to the Persians those centuries ago, mirrored by the Geziri takeover of Daevabad, just that? Loving Amitav Ghosh’s memoir of studying in Egypt and al-Fustaat (old Cairo). All these conspired to hook me on the first page till the last.

So pardon me, I have a second volume to devour.

Almost great

4 stars

Content warning big spoilers!

A big story with a lot of humanity in its magical beings

4 stars

Content warning major spoilers

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4 stars

4,5 Sterne. Die letzte Reluctance ist dem geschuldet, dass ich keine Rassismusanalogien mag in Fantasybüchern, die von tatsächlich neatly zu trennenden Rassen handeln. Ansonsten - fantastischer Gebrauch von arabischen, persischen, indischen Mythologien, überraschende Entwicklungen und eine sympathische Hauptdarstellerin, die sich nur zögernd in ihr von Intrigen, Racetalk und Genoziden waberndes 'Schicksal' begibt. Leider hat mich die Hetenstory enttäuscht und es bleibt nur wieder ein 'Dump him' meinerseits :P Ich hoffe, diese Story wird in den folgenden Bänden zufreidenstellender gelöst Auch das Häppchen Queerness im Epilog fühlt sich wie 1 schlechter Witz an. Ich hoffe ehrlich gesagt auch, dass die Protagonistin kein 'Pureblood' ist

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4 stars

The City of Brass : 4 stars


It was a really strong first book, tho its 500+ pages felt long (especially the first half), but I never was "bored".
The author introduces nicely this fantasy world and its characters, mixing fantasy, "djinn" (or Daevas), mythology, religion, politics, (even some romance) very well.
I really liked Nahri, she pretty much raised herself on the streets and counts on her wits to survive, she can be cunning and brave and is thrown into this unknown world has to navigate politics and powers.. I can't wait to see her more in the future books.

A lot is revealed at the end and in the epilogue, making me très interested in reading the next book^^

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5 stars

Enjoyed the persian culture and setting, felt very different from the more typical european fantasy setting. The Daeva tribes were fascinating.
Characters were complicated and their faith was important and nuanced.
Great details of this magic system, like sweating ashes .

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

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5 stars

This book is a fantastic journey into another world, one rich with history and intrigue, steeped in magic, and lushly detailed.

A street-savvy charlatan with a few mysterious magical gifts finds herself whisked away into a magical world she never imagined. In some ways, it's almost like the classic magical academy setup, albeit without said academy -- a magical birthright pulls someone from their (comparatively) mundane existence, shows them undreamt power that is coupled with undreamt peril.

Despite that somewhat familiar broad outline, Chakraborty's tale manages to twist and turn throughout, presenting the reader with histories and expectations, letting them settle and then twisting them around entirely. She has a gift for making something feel established, then suddenly tossing it aside to reveal a new truth that feels as shocking as if you'd known the prior state of affairs all your life. An early chapter included a death I found …

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

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3 stars

Wonderful world, described so well you can see it, smell it, taste it. And an interesting, mysterious plot to draw you in and keep you there. I would have liked to see certain parts flow faster, others have more explination, and overall the meat of the story arrive faster but I cannot stop thinking about this world!

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