Rating: 5 stars (This book deserves all the stars in the universe.)
“And they shall control the winds and be lords of the deserts. And any traveller who strays across their land shall be doomed…”
First and foremost, I’m not qualified enough to do justice while reviewing this magnificent book. Anyway, I’ll begin with the plot.
The City of Brass is the first book in The Daevabad Trilogy, set in the 18th century. A tale of a young healer, Nahri on the streets of Cairo. She accidentally summons a Djinn during one of her con acts. And the story begins thus.
Nahri a young con woman does not believe in magic until she accidentally summons a Djinn during one of her con acts. At the cemetery, in a battle against the ifrits, Nahri is hurt but the Djinn caught her heal herself instantly. It’s then he suspects her being a Nahid, a family of Daeva healers. He introduces her to an entirely new world, Daevabad, to which she is ‘irrevocably bound’. She must journey to Daevabad to find out who she really is. Only chance to find about her parents and the source of her powers. The Djinn is however not convinced by the fact that she summoned her with a simple zar for Djinns cannot be freed without their vessels of enslavement which is far away from Cairo. He too must journey to Daevabad to find out who freed him from the enslavement. With all the ifrits on their trail, their journey will not be easy. Not even with the flying carpets.
I loved The City of Brass. Have you ever read a book so brilliant, you compare every other book you read to it? Well, for me that book used to be the Harry Potter series. But now, The City of Brass is that measurement of brilliance for me.
However, every book has its flaws and so does this. The story lacked an end goal. But I’ll overlook it for now. This is the first book in the trilogy and it will certainly leave you intrigued.
The story is narrated from the point of view of two characters, Nahri and Ali. And thus character development of these two characters is vivid. Nahri is sassy but not to the point where you want to kill the character or yourself. Ali’s relationship with his brother, Muntadhir, is beautifully developed. Their interactions, a pure delight to read. I was not a fan of the Djinn nor the King Ghassan. What a hypocrite!
It is only an overview of the story but there’s so much more to it. The author also portrayed the position and treatment of slaves and women in the 18th century.
I adore and appreciate authors who put in both research and effort in world building and crafting their characters. The story is action-packed and fast-paced. Every time I thought nothing more could happen, it surprised me with a complete turn of events. S.A. Chakraborty included some of the mythical creatures I have never read about. She represented religion as much as is necessary in a fantasy world making the book overall a new and wonderful experience for me and I’m glad I read it.
Please don’t DNF it only because you can’t understand certain words and do make an effort to turn your pages to the glossary.
Do I recommend this book? Hell yeah!
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