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

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Title: The City of Brass
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: November 14th 2017

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…divider_line (1)
Review:

HOW have I NOT read this book before NOW? I don’t even know where to start but just know that I loved this book HARD . Just…wow!

[End of coherent thoughts.]

Things I loved?

-allll the mythology and magic (the usual stuff like ghouls, giant monster birds that WILL eat you, curses, etc.)
-the romance, especially THAT scene (such slow burn but so, so satisfying)
-flying carpet desert adventures featuring Nahri and Dara
-Dara (sometimes I just wants to shake him but then also want to give him a big hug because he’s had it rough)
-a certain rebellious prince who is just as fierce with a book as he is with his flaming sword
-epic fight scenes involving said flaming swords
-just Daevabad, in general (so much royal drama and political intrigue)
-all the conspiracies!

What did I do when I was done this book? Obviously went out and bought the sequel immediately because I was dying for more. More, well…everything! Especially after how book one almost broke me. Am I prepared to be devastated by book two? You bet!

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