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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 eually sly darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during Ugg tried a reread but didn’t like it at all the second time I’m not sure why I thought I liked it the first time around Unhauling special edition 😕Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) 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 eually sly darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during Ugg tried a Grandmother Moon reread but didn’t like it at all the second time I’m not sure why I thought I liked it the first time around Unhauling special edition 😕Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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The City of Brass

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 irrev 35⭐️✨ The long overdue review finally posted✨This could and would have been a 5 star read for me had it not been for that incredibly slow start all the way through almost the end of the book The first half was very much foundational which introduced us to the world the characters as well as the inner workings and machinations of the city of Brass Obviously this is highly appreciated but I don’t think we needed to spend the entire three uarters of the book just getting introduced to things I get bored easily as it is🤦‍♀️So I'm torn I still don’t know if I'm happy or angry at this book Initially I rated it 45 stars purely for the ending but I don’t think spending almost the entirety of the book bored or confused only to get an explosive ending is a reason enough to be this generous so I took it down a notch to 35 starsAt first glance this novel was everything I dreamt of a Middle Eastern folklore I'm a sucker for Eastern and Asian folklore and as someone who's always had a soft spot for anything related to Egypt I’m not Egyptian incase you think I’m being biased I just really love the country its rich history and the people in general I was so thrilled that I couldn’t even wait for the book to be released in the UK which will be in March so I ordered my copy from the US That’s how badly I wanted to immerse myself in what I'd initially thought would be a magical time travel back to 18th Century Cairo Let me give you some pointers here✨ A MC who’s a con artist and gets caught up in one of her cons✨ A Djinn warrior with a mysterious past  ✨ Djinns who can be loyal or deceitful as the occasion demands; ghouls who rise from the grave to devour the living; Mythical and terrifying creatures that fly through the air ✨ Monsters who dwell in the water and kill both djinns and humans ✨ Flying carpets Shape shifters Clan warfare Personal ambitions Power politics Racial and religious tensions All culminating in a cataclysmic showdown in a legendary city protected by magical brass Now please tell me if that doesn't sound like the kind of book you'd want to devour in a single day ✨ Let's start off with the plotAlthough the book was filled with action packed scenes with a good amount of storytelling information which made for somewhat of a rich reading experience it all came in too little too late All of the excitement was sprung upon us toward the very last few pages when by then the reader or maybe just myself was already too exhausted over the slow beginning and middle parts I mean Nahri doesn't even make it to Daevebad until after we’re way past the first half of the bookAnother source of disappointment for me was the political aspects and the inner workings of Daevabad The rules and organization of this world became so overwhelming at points that I had to go back and re read some parts to really understand what was going on Some I still don'tAnd if you’ve read some of my reviews in the past you know that a heavy dose of political intrigue in fantasy is my Achilles heel I genuinely get weak in the knees for books with that aspect and the fact that I couldn’t get behind this particular world was heartbreaking and discouraging The frustration alone almost made me uit because I felt like I was reading with my eyes closedI still don’t know the difference between a Daeva and a djinnNow onto the characters✨ NahriOh dear Nahri and I started out with a bang then took a serious dive down out of which neither of us made it aliveThe book has two perspectives one of which is Nahri who at the beginning was primarily the kind of MC I love to read about She was sharp tongued independent and a likeable con artist who makes her living on the streets of Cairo by swindling nobles and also has the ability to sense illness in others and to heal some ailments I mean right? I felt an instant personal connection to her because well growing up some kids dream of becoming a doctor or whatever but ever since I was a kid and watched some unfortunate TV show or a movie that ruined all other dreams for me all I'd wanted to become was a con artist I proudly admit my childhood dream Everything about it looked and sounded appealing in the eyes of a child through the TV screen I suppose pulling off one unforgettable con after another living off your wits and charm etc sadly I had neither the wit nor the charm to pull anything off and had to settle for a normal childhood So obviously this was my chance to live vicariously through Nahri and I jumped on that wagon faster than a speeding bulletShe started out so well She was a survivor; clever and mischievous making decisions with her head rather than her heart who’d do what needed to be done to make it through another day and though not all her decisions could be labelled as sound they were necessary nonetheless I appreciated that so much after all who isn’t a sucker for a survivor story?All that went straight in the bin toward the end As the plot finally progressed her character basically regressed Page after page she kept making one foolish decision after another which was so unlike her as if the Nahri at the beginning of the novel transformed into a completely different character by the end All that pride I felt at the start was crushed to pieces as she became a great source of disappointment when the book ended It was very disheartening and I am not pleased✨ Prince AlizaydThe second perspective is told through Ali As with Nahri Ali the benevolent second son of the current king who will never inherit the throne but wants desperately to make amends to those he thinks his people have wronged starts out remarkably and takes a tumble down in the end As things were finally moving along both Ali and Nahri's actions became so infuriating that I started rooting for whatever monster was the talk of the town to knock some sense into them or accurately to just ingest them and be done with it ✨ DaraMy favourite character from beginning to end was Dara The “frighteningly beautiful” kidnapperrescuer Djin who becomes Nahri’s saviour after she gets caught up in one of her cons and ends up being pursued by a monster or Djin of some sort I'm still confused as to who’s who in this novel And as luck would have it he knows the answer to the mystery of Nahri’s origins who’s a Shafit a descendant of a half magical tribe thought to have become extinct Thus in an effort to save her the mysterious protector and Nahri embark on a journey to the city of Daevabad which’s where their adventure begins I loved everything about Dara I was intrigued by him from the moment he entered the picture and as the plot advanced and his mysterious yet tragic past slowly started to unravel I sympathised with him rooted for him and uite literally he became the reason I wanted to finish the bookAll in all it was a fun ish read but no minds were blown here I loved it for the sole reason that it shifted the centre away from western myths with a strong conclusion and a craftily set up epilogue I'll give credit where credit is due the epilogue was incredibleThe author combines some of the plot’s surprises with vivid prose and evens out the action with wry humour but with enough material that was already at hand it could've been leveraged to turn it into an even of an epic read with non stop adventures Maybe with the next one

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Ocably 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 conseuences After all there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for the only way to describe this book is as an enticingly ambitious journey one you will need to be prepared to endure because it is long and somewhat exhausting as the most rewarding journeys tend to be but i assure you you will experience some of the most magical surprises and adventures meet some of the most complex and intriguing characters and devour some of the most deliciously crafted words along the way and once you finally reach the destination well its a wonder beyond anything you could imagine its lush in middle eastern folklore with details that generously immerse the reader in a world that is full of lavish culture and vibrant life this book is the kind of journey that by the time you reach the end no matter how challenging it is to get there is worth it ↠ 4 stars


10 thoughts on “The City of Brass

  1. says:

    I can tally my life in good days and bad days and thanks to this book this turned out to be a very bad dayI’m less of a person and of a physical manifestation of how much this book disappointed me It’s like my personality has been factory reset and all I want now is to go out into an empty field and scream for about an hour and generally just give in to the brief privilege of hating myself for harboring so many expectationsI really can’t wait to not be let down by every single one of my most anticipated books I’m very excited for that time to come whenever that may be What is this book about? Nahri is living in what appears to be 18th century Cairo earning her money as a fortune teller a con artist and a leader of zars rituals for the exorcism of evil spirits dwelling on her ability to sense illness in others and to heal some ailments speaking a language that she inherited from her long dead parents and that was as unknowable to her as it was to anyone else and generally hiding from the many uestions about herself and her upbringing that she needed to stare downHer carefully crafted if precarious routine is shattered when Nahri walks through Cairo’s cemetery tailing a possessed young girl she’s tried to help only to be chased herself by Ifrits ghoulish zombies Nahri is rescued by the intervention of Dara a djinn who tells her that she’s the only remaining descendent of an ancient half human half magical tribe of healers and promises to take her to the eponymous city of brass Daevabad where she will get the answers to all her unasked uestionsAnd so begins Nahri’s entanglement in a world of Islamic mythology and lore landing herself in a city on a knife’s edge and in the middle of a political conflict stretching back to the time of Suleiman or Solomon Concurrently the book also follows the youngest son of Daevabad’s king Alizayd who opposes his family’s unjust treatment of the shafits — the half djinn half human population — who are forced to live in horrible conditions while the pureblood djinn gorge on the city's resources power and freedomReading this book seemed like a good idea but so was boarding the titanic and look what happened there It was the euivalent of taking a nap the cruelest kind of temptation it promises you rest and wellness but leaves you with a cloudy headache and an inescapable drowsiness the rest of the dayThe first issue is the pacing Nahri doesn't make it to Daevebad until about halfway through the book and by that point I was beginning to wonder if I sigh loudly enough will this plot stop dragging? A problem conflated by the fact that there are approximately 3 million various groups of magical peoples and different political and cultural divides – which made it very easy to disengage with the story and lose the thread of the plot and very difficult to care enough to flip to the glossary every single time The political framework was employed with an odd detachment creating a fablelike distance from what was supposed to be a grisly shocking climax Not to mention the fact that it was so confusing I had a headache so strong I swear I could sense Lord Voldemort I honestly felt like I was actively crushing my last remaining brain cells just trying to figure out who’s allies with whom what are their motivations why are they all so obsessed with war what about just going to sleepBut what really kicked me out of this book was the characters There are literally only like two people in this 500 pages book whom I would hang out with for than three or four hours without wanting to strangle them It’s disappointing because for the first third of the book the very dry action was leavened with their humor which earned this book bankable reputation that it later spent slumming it for the rest 350 pages And now I'm left looking at the characters as I would an old friend that I sometimes miss but always remember why I had to cut them off knowing I’m better off now than beforeFirst Dara I emotionally and physically cannot stand him He’s a nail raked over the chalkboard of my nervesHere’s the thing I’m of the firm belief that a great character does not necessarily translate into a “good person” In fact some of the best literary figures are completely horrible people and that's because a character’s worth should always be hinged on how interesting and complex they are not on their morality in case they were real But you know what? Male protagonists whose arc revolves around growth and actual personality will always be interesting than insufferable wankers who punch everything and treat everyone around them like garbageDara’s character lacks any creativity emotion or purpose beyond carrying on a pointless ancestral grudge It’s impossible to sympathize with him let alone root for himEven unfathomable is cheering for his relationship with Nahri which was dangerously teetering on the edge of “abusive” to be honest Nahri is pretty much stuck in a relationship with the personnification of a blackhole who never considers the fact that she’s a person and not an attention machine he can neglect until it suits him to remind himself of her existence How am I supposed to believe he “cares for her” when he clearly only loves himself through her in the most selfish of ways and keeps leeching off her energy for his own egotistical purposes?And even worse Nahri continuously puts substantial effort into pleasing him for no reason other than that she feels like she owes him the benefit of the doubt after saving her life and bringing her to Daevabad even when it was at the expense of everyone else She’s allowed him to turn her into a secondary character in the story of her own life – by coaxing and pleading and enduring for this “relationship” while he sits there absolutely uncaring about her opinions and have all his sordid emotional whims voiced or unvoiced catered to It didn’t even seem as if Nahri cared enough to form thoughts of her own only flitting between her own half hearted suspicions and whatever half truths he pushed down her throat and that only made the slide toward resenting her uiet and fast “I can take care of myself” “But you don’t need to” Dara replied sounding annoyed “Nahri did you not hear what I just said? Let others play politics Stay away from these princes They are beneath you anyway” I was honestly mentally crafting incredibly angry speeches in my head by that point I wanted to shake her I was just a smoldering glove of bitterness flying through space right then and I still amOverall this book was a disappointment The only reason I’m giving it an extra star is because there was a very brief portion of it that I wish I could steal with the photoshop eyedropper tool and expand into a full book of its own


  2. says:

    It’s time to polish that special lamp gathering webs in the attic put a fine edge on your bladed weaponry remind yourself of ancient tribal insults and outrages dust off that list of wishes that is around here somewhere and vacuum your magic carpet You are about to be transported “The Magic Carpet” detail 1880 by Apollinary Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov © State Art Museum Nizhny Novgorod RussiaBridgeman Art Library Nahri our Aladdin here is a twenty year old thief and con artist working marks in 18th Century French occupied Cairo She has a gift for discerning medical maladies and another for treating them She is adept at languages and at parting the unwary from their money When she is called in to help deal with a 12 year old girl who is possessed she rolls her eyes and opts to have a bit of fun trotting out an old spell that has never worked before The difference here is that she tries it in a language she seems to have known forever but which no one else has ever heard Turns out the girl really was possessed by a particularly nasty entity and turns out that Nahri’s little experiment summoned a very scary djinn In a flash the evil possessor spirit and a large number of its dead minions are on her like decay on a corpse Thankfully the djinn is there to save the day with extreme prejudice Thus begins a beautiful friendship Image from deviantartnetThe frustrated pursuers have made Cairo a no go zone for Nahri so she and the djinn Dara which is a small portion of his entire name head for the place where people of his sort reside the world capital of the magical races Daevabad the Brass City of the title From Bensozia Illustration by Edmund Dulac for Stories from the Arabian NightsTo call Dara a hottie would be a bit of an understatement Handsome? For sure Incredibly powerful? Fierce in battle? Be afraid be very afraid Able to leap tall minarets in a single flying carpet? You betcha As if that were not enough he is literally a creature of fire and emits actual smoke You never had a friend like him Cairo may present imminent threats of death but Daevabad is no prize either Ancient tribal hatreds are kept at bay by a strong and ruthless ruler King Ghassan ibn Khader al ahtani must contend not only with inter tribal tensions he must cope with a growing insurgency Think sundry Middle East rulers with tribally diverse populations There are many who feel that laws favoring purebloods are unjust and want those of mixed Djinn human blood shafit think mudbloods to be treated fairly One of those happens to be the king’s number two son Ali is a very devout young 18 man As second in line he is destined to help his older brother Muntadhir rule as basically the head of security He is extremely adept at sword fighting and has gained a good reputation among the other student warriors at the Citadel a military training school not in South Carolina where he has been living and training for some years Dad would not be pleased were he to learn that junior was giving money to an organization that purports to offer civilian only aid to shafit but is also rud to be involved in a military form of activity Think Hamas SA Chakraborty image from her siteRevolutionary tensions are on the rise palace intrigues as well as trust is something one could only wish for One key uestion is where Nahri really came from who is she really? It matters And what happened to the ancient tribe that was chosen by Suleiman himself to rule way back when There are magic rings flaming swords strange beings of diverse sorts plots battles large scale and small plenty of awful ways to die without that being done too graphically And there is even a bit of interpersonal attraction Did I mention Dara being smokin’? There is also some romantic tension between Nahri and Ali Add in a nifty core bit of history centered on Suleiman One of the great strengths of City of Brass is the lode of historical knowledge the author brings to bear It actually started not as a novel but as sort of a passion projectexercise in world building that I never intended to show a soul I’m a big history buff and with The City of Brass I wanted to recreate some of the stunning worlds I’d read about while also exploring traditional beliefs about djinn A bit contrary to Western lore djinn are said to be intelligent beings similar to humans created from smokeless fire and living unseen in our midst—a fascinating albeit slightly frightening concept this idea of creatures living silently among us dispassionately watching the rise and fall of our various civilizations from the Twinning for Books interviewZulfiar image from mere visioncomChakraborty our Sheherezade here fills us in on much of the history of how the djinn came to build their human parallel world offering not just what is but how what is arose from what was there’s a djinn version of Baghdad’s great library filled with the ancient books humans have lost alongside powerful texts of magic; they battle with weapons from Achaemenid Persia enhanced by fire of course; the medical traditions of famed scholars like Ibn Sina have been adapted to treat magical maladies; dancers conjure flowers while singing Mughal love songs; a court system based on the Zanzibar Sultanate deals justice to merchants who bewitch their competitors not to mention a cityscape featuring everything from ziggurats and pyramids to minarets and stupas from the Twinning for Books interviewThere are a lot of names to remember words to learn tribes to keep straight and allegiances to keep track of I found myself wishing there was a list somewhere that helped keep it all straight and “Poof” there it appeared at the back of the book a glossary rich with useful information It could have been a bit larger though I would have liked for it to include a list of the djinn tribes with information about each their geographical bases proclivities languages you know stuff The information can be found in the book itself but it would have been nice to have had a handy short referenceimage from upstaged entertainment The City of Brass is both very smart and very entertaining The richness of the world we see here gives added heft to a wonderful story The world Chakraborty has created hums with humanity well whatever the djinn euivalent might be for humanity djinnity? You will smell the incense want to keep a damp cloth at hand to wipe the dust and sand from your face and a cool drink nearby to help with the heat It probably wouldn’t hurt to post a lookout in case someone decides to try spiking your drink or inserting a long blade into your back This is a wonderful engaging and fun read It will not take you a thousand and one nights to read but you might prefer that it did The only wish you will need when you finish reading The City of Brass is for Volume 2 of this trilogy The Kingdom of Copper to appear NOW Review posted – July 28 2017Publication date – November 14 2017When you finish this one you will definitely want to read #2 Here is my review of The Kingdom of CopperEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal and Twitter pagesInterview Twinning For BooksA link to a map with a key to the main places noted in the book The M Word Muslin Americans Take the Mic a panel discussion including Chakraboty and two other Islamic women writers – hosted by Hussein RashidThe City of Brass from Arabian Nights on GutenbergNovember 9 2017 City of Brass is among the nominees for 's book of the year Science Fiction and Fantasy


  3. says:

    Ugg tried a reread but didn’t like it at all the second time I’m not sure why I thought I liked it the first time around Unhauling special edition 😕Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


  4. says:

    ARC provided by Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review The City of Brass was unlike any Fantasy novel I’ve read before and I completely adored it This debut novel is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2017 and I will sing its praises even after its release on November 14th 2017 Please guys don’t sleep on this story because it has not received the hype it deserves This is the first book in an own voices Muslim Fantasy series that walks the line between Young Adult and Adult and switches between two very different points of view One point of view is a girl in her early twenties who remembers nothing of her childhood and is living near Cairo Egypt Her name is Nahri and she is a street healer by day and a con woman and thief by night Nahri has a natural affinity for healing people and can magically see what the problem is Sometimes she can wish it away other times it is not so easy Many people realize Nahri’s talents and believe her magic to also work spiritually which is why she gets hired a lot to cleanse and heal people at Zar Ceremonies where she leads dances and prayers to be rid of demonsifrits which she doesn't believe inOur story truly starts at a Zar Ceremony where Nahri is doing the steps she normally does while really just putting on a show to get paid at the end of the night except this time she actually does feel something after an old song is sung After a turn of events Nahri ends up in a cemetery where she begins to pray and accidentally summons a djinn daeva warriorAnd Dara isn’t just any daeva warrior He is the best warrior to have ever lived and he has a very tormented past because let’s be real what brooding male protagonist doesn’t? Dara soon realizes that Nahri isn’t completely human and that ifrits will soon be after both of them He then tells her about a city that is hidden behind brass walls that will completely keep them safe from said ifritsWe get to see our second point of view which is from a young djinn prince named Ali who lives in the magical hidden city of Daevabad In Daevabad Ali’s brother Muntadhir is the promised king even though their father Ghassan currently rules and Ali is training to become what his brother needs him to be once he takes the throne I loved Ali’s selflessness and his unconditional love for his family because in this world Ali will never marry or have children but will be groomed to serve and protect Muntadhir with his life Ali is completely okay with what is promised of his life and he completely dedicates his life to God Yet with devoting his life to God he starts to see the unfair treatment among the citizens People in this world can use magic including humans even though there are different ways kinds and extremes This is a historical novel set in our time in the early 1800s which barely touches upon the Ottoman Empire Yet we do get to briefly see how some of the Turkish people treated the Egyptians and we even get to see some French Soldiers I’m getting off topic but basically what I’m trying to say is that even though this is for sure a fantasy novel it ties in with our real world and this makes humans a key part of this story➽Beings of Earth Humans➽Beings of Water Marid water elementals ➽Beings of Air Peri Rukh Shedu all flying creatures➽Beings of Fire Daevas Djinns IfritWith all these beings come different powers and abilities I loved this fantastical element and it truly made this story feel so whimsical Also Dijnns and daevas are the same but “daeva” is an ancient term that means fire elementals and after a war was over everyone started calling themselves the human word for “daeva” which is “djinn” But many people hold on to their daeva roots since they have very different roles in Daevabad Also there are six tribes But our dear Nahri though is something completely different very rare and very sought afterBut ultimately this is a story about oppression and what it means to believe that your blood is pure than someone else The mixed bloods in this world shafits are treated horribly and without a second thought They are killed for crimes they didn’t commit just to make the pure bloods feel safer They aren’t allowed even close to the same luxuries pure bloods are but they aren’t even allowed significant food or any medical treatment Their children are stolen and sold away most the time time as working slaves or pleasure slaves This story can feel so very real at times and in my opinion SA Chakraborty writes this systemic oppression beautifully to mirror our world today “It’s not just a word That slur has been used to demonize our tribe for centuries It’s what people spit when they rip off our women’s veils and beat our men It’s what the authorities charge us with whenever they want to raid our homes and seize our property” Yeah this is a pretty powerful book for many reasons The only negative thing I can really say about it is that I felt somewhat like I was being ueerbaited Like I was very unsure of Ali’s sexuality because a few of his observations made me feel like he wasn’t straight by any means I thought this was going to be addressed but it just lead to a very anticlimactic and saddening death of a very minor side character who had the promise for so much And then once I got to the epilogue I was surprised to see something else that I would also borderline call ueerbaiting but hopefully she will address that in the next book in this series Plus maybe it’s just me reading things through my ueer tinted glasses andor maybe we will get some awesome bisexual representation in book two Besides that this is such a beautiful Middle Eastern story that ties in so much of the culture’s folklore in an absolutely beautiful and seamless way I completely recommend with my whole heart I loved it and I couldn’t put it down And the cover? Goosebumps This is the diverse fantasy novel I’ve been searching for The fantasy world needs diverse stories like this and the world needs to see the diverse stories can be easily consumed and loved and most importantly worth buying Everyone in this story is beautifully brown we get to see some of these characters interact in mosues we get to see our main character wearing a headscarf I mean I don’t think I’ve ever read a fantasy novel with these minor elements that are real life for so many readers And this story is so amazing and so very beautifully written too I cannot wait to get my hands on The Kingdom of Copper in 2018I loved The City of Brass and it is one of the best author debuts I’ve ever read in my entire life But I will say the ending of this book ripped my heart out three times so be prepared for that This story was amazing the characters are beyond words the prose is exceptional and the messages and representation are so very important This book is heartfelt and powerful Please give this a try come November 14th 2017 Trigger Warnings for graphic violence human trafficking rape slavery and warBlog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch The uote above was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication


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    35⭐️✨ The long overdue review finally posted✨This could and would have been a 5 star read for me had it not been for that incredibly slow start all the way through almost the end of the book The first half was very much foundational which introduced us to the world the characters as well as the inner workings and machinations of the city of Brass Obviously this is highly appreciated but I don’t think we needed to spend the entire three uarters of the book just getting introduced to things I get bored easily as it is🤦‍♀️So I'm torn I still don’t know if I'm happy or angry at this book Initially I rated it 45 stars purely for the ending but I don’t think spending almost the entirety of the book bored or confused only to get an explosive ending is a reason enough to be this generous so I took it down a notch to 35 starsAt first glance this novel was everything I dreamt of a Middle Eastern folklore I'm a sucker for Eastern and Asian folklore and as someone who's always had a soft spot for anything related to Egypt I’m not Egyptian incase you think I’m being biased I just really love the country its rich history and the people in general I was so thrilled that I couldn’t even wait for the book to be released in the UK which will be in March so I ordered my copy from the US That’s how badly I wanted to immerse myself in what I'd initially thought would be a magical time travel back to 18th Century Cairo Let me give you some pointers here✨ A MC who’s a con artist and gets caught up in one of her cons✨ A Djinn warrior with a mysterious past  ✨ Djinns who can be loyal or deceitful as the occasion demands; ghouls who rise from the grave to devour the living; Mythical and terrifying creatures that fly through the air ✨ Monsters who dwell in the water and kill both djinns and humans ✨ Flying carpets Shape shifters Clan warfare Personal ambitions Power politics Racial and religious tensions All culminating in a cataclysmic showdown in a legendary city protected by magical brass Now please tell me if that doesn't sound like the kind of book you'd want to devour in a single day ✨ Let's start off with the plotAlthough the book was filled with action packed scenes with a good amount of storytelling information which made for somewhat of a rich reading experience it all came in too little too late All of the excitement was sprung upon us toward the very last few pages when by then the reader or maybe just myself was already too exhausted over the slow beginning and middle parts I mean Nahri doesn't even make it to Daevebad until after we’re way past the first half of the bookAnother source of disappointment for me was the political aspects and the inner workings of Daevabad The rules and organization of this world became so overwhelming at points that I had to go back and re read some parts to really understand what was going on Some I still don'tAnd if you’ve read some of my reviews in the past you know that a heavy dose of political intrigue in fantasy is my Achilles heel I genuinely get weak in the knees for books with that aspect and the fact that I couldn’t get behind this particular world was heartbreaking and discouraging The frustration alone almost made me uit because I felt like I was reading with my eyes closedI still don’t know the difference between a Daeva and a djinnNow onto the characters✨ NahriOh dear Nahri and I started out with a bang then took a serious dive down out of which neither of us made it aliveThe book has two perspectives one of which is Nahri who at the beginning was primarily the kind of MC I love to read about She was sharp tongued independent and a likeable con artist who makes her living on the streets of Cairo by swindling nobles and also has the ability to sense illness in others and to heal some ailments I mean right? I felt an instant personal connection to her because well growing up some kids dream of becoming a doctor or whatever but ever since I was a kid and watched some unfortunate TV show or a movie that ruined all other dreams for me all I'd wanted to become was a con artist I proudly admit my childhood dream Everything about it looked and sounded appealing in the eyes of a child through the TV screen I suppose pulling off one unforgettable con after another living off your wits and charm etc sadly I had neither the wit nor the charm to pull anything off and had to settle for a normal childhood So obviously this was my chance to live vicariously through Nahri and I jumped on that wagon faster than a speeding bulletShe started out so well She was a survivor; clever and mischievous making decisions with her head rather than her heart who’d do what needed to be done to make it through another day and though not all her decisions could be labelled as sound they were necessary nonetheless I appreciated that so much after all who isn’t a sucker for a survivor story?All that went straight in the bin toward the end As the plot finally progressed her character basically regressed Page after page she kept making one foolish decision after another which was so unlike her as if the Nahri at the beginning of the novel transformed into a completely different character by the end All that pride I felt at the start was crushed to pieces as she became a great source of disappointment when the book ended It was very disheartening and I am not pleased✨ Prince AlizaydThe second perspective is told through Ali As with Nahri Ali the benevolent second son of the current king who will never inherit the throne but wants desperately to make amends to those he thinks his people have wronged starts out remarkably and takes a tumble down in the end As things were finally moving along both Ali and Nahri's actions became so infuriating that I started rooting for whatever monster was the talk of the town to knock some sense into them or accurately to just ingest them and be done with it ✨ DaraMy favourite character from beginning to end was Dara The “frighteningly beautiful” kidnapperrescuer Djin who becomes Nahri’s saviour after she gets caught up in one of her cons and ends up being pursued by a monster or Djin of some sort I'm still confused as to who’s who in this novel And as luck would have it he knows the answer to the mystery of Nahri’s origins who’s a Shafit a descendant of a half magical tribe thought to have become extinct Thus in an effort to save her the mysterious protector and Nahri embark on a journey to the city of Daevabad which’s where their adventure begins I loved everything about Dara I was intrigued by him from the moment he entered the picture and as the plot advanced and his mysterious yet tragic past slowly started to unravel I sympathised with him rooted for him and uite literally he became the reason I wanted to finish the bookAll in all it was a fun ish read but no minds were blown here I loved it for the sole reason that it shifted the centre away from western myths with a strong conclusion and a craftily set up epilogue I'll give credit where credit is due the epilogue was incredibleThe author combines some of the plot’s surprises with vivid prose and evens out the action with wry humour but with enough material that was already at hand it could've been leveraged to turn it into an even of an epic read with non stop adventures Maybe with the next one


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    Full review FINALLY posted Every time I think about this book and how excited I was to read it and how it caused me the biggest disappointment of my life I laugh through my tears bc wHY WAS I EXPECTING ANYTHING LESSIm aware ^ sentence made no sense but im really fragile and vulnerable and sad right now also it took me like 3 weeks to read this book ??? so I also feel scammed I want a refund my time and tearsi'm terribly sad to be writing such a review because i had SO MUCH HIGH hopes for this book le sigh Okay so this is slightly hilarious but I before I read this tragedy I wrote a pre review of sorts gushing my heart out about how proud and honoured I was to see an #OwnVoice muslimmiddle eastern fantasy so well celebrated in the YA community don’t get me wrong I still am SO HAPPY to see such diversity become a common occurrence but LIKE AT THAT POINT I WAS WILLING TO 5 STAR IT ON THAT BASIS ONLY I DIDN’T KNOW THE PAIN AND DISAPPOINTMENT THAT WAS IN STORE FOR ME ’ s Onto the review tho Pros MUSLIMMIDDLE EASTERN FANTASY Ummmmmmmmmmmmm The world building ?? it’s complex and ish Alizayd He’s my little bean There were some moments that were semi funny and I half laughed and then dissolved into a puddle of disappointment The ENDING was actually exciting than the entire 500 prior pages but didn’t make up for all my time and effort wasted That’s all I can think of Cons I tried to like nahri bc she’s like this girl going against all odds but she annoyed me a lot and the way she acts Shes so standoff ish and fake about her religion its like she’s just muslim by name bc she literally gives zero regard for any Islamic guidelines or principles and ughghghghghghghhh Shes just so afjdsakfas EVERYONE GIVES ALIZAYD CRAP FOR ACTUALLY PRACTISING ISLAMIC LAWS FRICK OFF THANKS I get that theyre supposed to be in some morally corrupt society but COME ON why the heck do all the ones who give two craps about their religion always have to be deemed “boring naïve blind follower etc etc” yeesh let people live their lives ACTUALLY I feel like THE ISLAMIC aspect wasn’t EVEN NECESSARY to the story bc personally it fell really flat and I can see how it would be confusing and maybe even counter productive for people who aren’t well read in the faith If it was just kept as a Middle Eastern rep I probably would have liked it better Because like what’s the point of having a muslim fantasy if I don’t even feel represented | the world shall never know the actual story aspects Its so dense Its so hard to read The world building is socomplex it actually crossed over into the line of “complicated” and overshadows ANYTHING ELSE Its confusing Oh so very confusing Legit no one knows whats happening or why its happening or for what reason Basically just info dumping info on the world and politics and Arabian mythology But where is the plot you ask?? Missing THE ROMANCE KILL ME NOW FOR MORE THAN THE FIRST HALF OF THE BOOK ITS JUST ABOUT DARA AND NAHRI ANGRY FLIRTING IN THE DESERT BYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBY I literally felt like the romance was the only thing occurring besides the info dumping how sad NAHRI’S KISSING WEIRD DEVIL GUYS AFTER KNOWING HIM FOR TWO SECONDS WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS And then there are creeping signs of a love triangle and I was just curled up in a ball shrieking Dara is a piece of poop I liked him for 045 seconds and then arrogance and idiocy flooded out of his pores and I died I WAS SO BORED Also I’ve diagnosed that nahri is suffering from a very terrible case of Special Snowflake Syndrome how tragic I probably missed a whole lot of ish that I initially wanted to rant about but oh wellAlso these are my opinions okay don’t me please im smolOn a positive note the best part of the book for me was the acknowledgements it literally warmed my heart and I wish Chakraborty the best in her future works even if I won’t be continuing with this series oops 15 stars Buddy read with gluten free saunta pink polka dot cat ears the blog ueen i just have one thing to say ahemMUSLIMSINFANTASTYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


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    As always I want to let others know that I received this book as a gift from my publishers In this instance I have not met the author but hope that at some time I willDo you remember the first time a book took you out of your culture? I think for most of us it happens in childhood For me my passage to other countries and times came in the form of fairy tales and legends We had a fat volume of Arabian Nights most likely edited for kids with lavish line illustrations That was my first introduction to Sinbad the Sailor and Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp and many other wonderful tales And it was my first introduction to Genies as they were spelled in that wonderful bookWhen I ventured into City of Brass it was like stepping back into that wonderful confusion one feels when one ventures into an 'exotic' not your own culture This was not my magic not my wondrous beings and creatures Nahri was the perfect guide to take me into this story She is the 'outsider' in the tale the person with a nebulous past and a precarious future A thief a con artist and a charlatan she tempts fate when she inadvertently dabbles in an older deeper magicAnd that is as close to a spoiler as I'm going to get Fantasy is rich in many flavor; in fantasy we are all citizens of the magical worlds Step in and enjoy this one


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    Edit I've decided to not go back to this book For one I realised how relieved I felt when I decided to uit on itSecond I would stop mid sentence and paragraph several times Third I do not think I'll be missing out on greatness if I don't read it 🌚Farewell book We broke up for good So this took a turn 😬I want to blame the book I think I will blame the book But this could also very well be that I haven't been in the mood to read fantasy books in forever So I'm putting a stop to this before it puts me in a slump since I was getting and reluctant to read itGod knows when I'll pick it up If I ever do that is Expecting great things from this Muzlamic book I've already up in my feelings by seeing words like hijab fajr and abayaLeggo


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    the only way to describe this book is as an enticingly ambitious journey one you will need to be prepared to endure because it is long and somewhat exhausting as the most rewarding journeys tend to be but i assure you you will experience some of the most magical surprises and adventures meet some of the most complex and intriguing characters and devour some of the most deliciously crafted words along the way and once you finally reach the destination well its a wonder beyond anything you could imagine its lush in middle eastern folklore with details that generously immerse the reader in a world that is full of lavish culture and vibrant life this book is the kind of journey that by the time you reach the end no matter how challenging it is to get there is worth it ↠ 4 stars


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    I just finished reading this by the dying light of my cellphone while small devious looking insects clad towards the light and attacked my face I HAVE NO REGRETS That is how spellbinding this book isI could not put it down I haven't had that kind of visceral No one touch this book it is actually a clever extension of my hand and I will BITE you if you come between me and these characters reaction in awhile Chakraborty has some truly dazzling workdbuilding skills but beyond that she crafts remarkable characters who are achingly real and complex I loved their interactions The writing was just nonstop intoxicating atmosphere and the plot was riveting This is the UPROOTED EMBER IN THE ASHES WRATH AND THE DAWN mashup of my FREAKING DREAMS I am going to be throwing this book at people when it releases in November


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