The City of Brass | S.A. Chakraborty | Review

“Greatness takes time, Banu Nahida. Often the mightiest things have the humbles beginnings.”





Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th 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.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: 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 hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…


Hmm, reviewing this books i really difficult for me. I had such high hopes, I had heard so many really good things about the book so I expected to absolutely love it. Also, the cover is stunning so I couldn’t mentally prepare myself to unhaul it from my shelves. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. In fact I spent a lot of my time reading this book SO confused and not really understanding the political stance that the author was trying to portray.

The City of Brass was very complex for me, a lot more complex that I thought it would be and also that I thought it needed to be. I spent most of my time flipping to the back to the glossary which I must admit was very helpful. One thing I would say is that I wish there was also a character glossary as I found more and more characters being introduced but being confused of which tribe they belonged to and the beliefs that they had. I think this would have really helped with my confusion and may have made me enjoy the book a little bit more.

I did enjoy the world building and I enjoyed the end product. It was so magical and diverse which is something that I think needs to be more apparent within this kind of genre. It was definitely different and something that I have never read about before. I also loved the aspect of flying carpets, I want a flying carpet instead of my car. This was very unique and something I did enjoy getting to understand it.

Another thing I enjoyed is that I didn’t really know which direction the book was going to go in. I think part of this may have been down to confusion but also down to the way the author has set out this story. It was full of surprises especially the ending, but we will get to that in a minute. I liked the characters in this book but I literally still don’t know who to trust, even after finishing it. I do like this idea as I find that I am on edge with each and every one of them. I think if I had to choose my favourite character so far I would choose Dara. I liked the fact that there was an apparent romance within the story, but it was subtle and it didn’t feel forced.

One thing that I did not like is the phrase “She let out a breath that she didn’t know she was holding” was mentioned. COME ON. This has to be the worst line that I hve come across in several YA books now and each time I find myself rolling my eyes. This line was so close to the beginning of the book that it actually made me want to put it down. Luckily I didn’t spot it again. If you are an author writing a book please do not include this line it is so cringe and I will automatically have something against your book. That is how shallow I am.

I really enjoyed the ending of this book. Yeah I was confused and some of the things I didn’t quite understand. But the last sentence, yes the final sentence made me give this book an extra half star. I really want to pick up Kingdom of Copper but I do need to give my brain a rest first. I don’t even mark books with half stars but this was definitely bang in the middle of a 3 and 4 star so I just had to do it for this one.  I’m confused but intrigued, I think that is the best way to describe my feelings for this book.

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