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Discover this spellbinding debut from S.A. Chakraborty.
‘An extravagant feast of a book – spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable’ Laini Taylor, Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author
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.
‘THE CITY OF BRASS is the best adult fantasy I’ve read since THE NAME OF THE WIND. It’s stunning and complex and consuming and fantastic. You must read it’
Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
‘An extravagant feast of a book – spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable’
Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of STRANGE THE DREAMER
‘Even a few pages will enmesh you in its magic’
Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author
‘I raced to the end of City of Brass and can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m eager for more adventures in Daevabad’
Peter V. Brett, bestselling author of The Demon Cycle
‘Blends legend and history to create a fascinating world…thoroughly enjoyable’
‘An exquisite blend of history, myth and fantasy, this evocative and richly atmospheric novel grabs you from the opening page’
Woman & Home
About the author
Shannon Chakraborty is the author of the critically acclaimed and internationally best-selling The Daevabad Trilogy. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages and nominated for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy, Crawford, and Astounding awards. When not buried in books about thirteenth-century con artists and Abbasid political intrigue, she enjoys hiking, knitting, and re-creating unnecessarily complicated medieval meals. You can find her online at www.sachakraborty.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @SAChakrabooks, where she likes to talk about history, politics, and Islamic art. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and an ever-increasing number of cats.
The familiar fantasy theme of a young person learning of a hidden supernatural legacy is given new life in this promising debut novel, set in late-18th-century Egypt. Twenty-something Nahri, who has the ability to sense illness in others and to heal some ailments, supports herself as a fortune-teller and con artist in Cairo. Her routine, if precarious, existence, is shattered when a girl she is trying to help is possessed by an ifrit. Nahri only avoids being killed through the intervention of Dara, a djinn, who reveals that Nahri is from a family of magical healers. Chakraborty combines the plot's many surprises with vivid prose ("The cemetery ran along the city's eastern edge, a spine of crumbling bones and rotting tissue where everyone from Cairo's founders to its addicts were buried"), and leavens the action with wry humor. There is enough material here a feisty, independent lead searching for answers, reminiscent of Star Wars's Rey, and a richly imagined alternate world to support a potential series.