Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Synopsis: Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe..
Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.
As an author, I’m constantly searching for books that help elevate my writing. S.A. Chakraborty’s series is a blessing. Words can’t express my love for the Daevabad trilogy.
I devoured The Kingdom of Copper. It’s the perfect sequel to The City of Brass. I feared the author would leave out one of my favorite characters in this installment, but thankfully he made an appearance sooner than later. I refuse to give any spoilers in this review. The twists and turns blew my mind.
The award for MVP goes to Ali. His growth amazed me. Nahri stayed strong and Dara…oh, Dara. I’m hoping for a story of redemption in book three.
The author has the magical ability of making her readers develop love/hate relationships with her characters. I despised a certain royal only to find myself cheering for him in the end. Go figure. I definitely recommend this series to those who enjoy epic fantasy. This is not an easy read. The world building alone can leave your head spinning.
Escapism Factor: 5/5
Emotional Connection: 5/5
Character Development: 5/5
Readers: for those who love epic fantasy, complex reads, Middle Eastern culture, and stories of betrayal
Writers: a brilliant case study for those writing epic fantasy, tension, combative scenes, dialogue, and plot twists
Warnings/Triggers: adult language, violence
Completed Read: 1/12/2021