NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Library Journal | Vulture | The Verge | SYFYWire
Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty perfect for fans 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.
On the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman of unsurpassed skill. She makes her living swindling Ottoman nobles, hoping to one day earn enough to change her fortunes. But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, during one of her cons, she learns that even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
Forced to flee Cairo, Dara and Nahri journey together 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 birds of prey are more than what they seem, to Daevabad, the legendary city of brass.
It’s a city steeped in magic and fire, where blood can be as dangerous as any spell; a city where old resentments run deep and the royal court rules with a tenuous grip; a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound—and where her very presence threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries.
*Finalist for the World Fantasy Award: Best Novel
*Nominated for the Locus Award: Best First Novel
*Finalist for the British Fantasy Award: Best Newcomer
Featuring a stepback and extra content including a bonus scene and an excerpt from The Kingdom of Copper.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Immerse yourself in the opulent, complex world of The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty’s thrilling historical-fantasy debut. The rich may pay her to heal them, but con artist Nahri doesn’t believe in magic. That is, until one of her phony spells actually works, summoning a mysterious spirit warrior who leads her on an epic adventure through a magical Middle Eastern kingdom. We loved Chakraborty’s vivid world-building, which made the magical story line feel like it was grounded in a real, relatable world—so much so that we dove right into The Kingdom of Copper, the next book in the Daevabad Trilogy.
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Kept me interested and surprised me more than once.
This is a story that was difficult to put down. I read every word, imagining the world Nahri and Ali lives in, utterly transported!
If this is a world of genies, sans the magic lamps(djinn), it is well worth visiting.
Refreshing Read. Highly Recommend!
Having just finished reading this book, I can confidently give it my highest recommendation.
Not only does this story have tons of action and magic and bits of love sprinkled through, but the story line is unpredictable and keeps you on your toes. This is truly a unique and captivating story and I very much look forward to reading the second book when it eventually comes out. Don't hesitate any longer and pick up this book!