[ARC Review] The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the JinniThe Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, 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 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 . . .


What a beautiful and lyrical book this was. I was swept away to the streets of 18th century Cairo and I loved every minute of it. This book deserves the hype and more. The world building was so rich and beautiful. You can see and imagine yourself that you are with Nahri as she navigates through her journey. I'm speechless of how intricate and complicated this world is yet I was able to easily understand the conflicts and the politics.

You will love the characters, the setting, the world building, the plot, almost everything, if not everything. I'm still shaken by that ending. I still can't believe it. I need book 2 now. 

Overall I would give The City of Brass 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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1 comment:

  1. I'm very excited to read this book now that I read your review!