The City of Brass – S. A Chakraborty

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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 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.

Review by Dionne

The City of Brass is the diverse Fantasy novel we’ve all been longing for.

The three main characters –

Nahri, a con-artist from Cairo with mysterious healing powers,

Dara , a Djinn warrior,

and Ali, second son and prince of the long hidden City Daevabad, are brilliantly written and will sweep you away to the world of Djinn. A world full of long hidden folklore, magic and politics.

I highly recommend this book because of the fantastic world building, flawless writing, excellent humour and profound political conflict it has to offer.

To think that this book was S.A Charkraborty’s debut novel can only leave us imagining what else she has in store for us!

One of my all-time favorite books – couldn’t recommend more! 

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