- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Voyager - GB (24 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008239452
- ISBN-13: 978-0008239459
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.7 x 22.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
- Customer Reviews: 382 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The "City of Brass" story was a lot better
e.g. I do not recollect coming across any any kingdoms of copper in this book
Some thoughts - own knowledge plus WIKIPEDIA and other open sources:-
Qahtani - Arabs who originate from the southern region of the Arabian Peninsula, especially from Yemen
is this a corruption of qatt hani, never merciful;
ta qattani - a thug, vicious person:- of those who cut;
Afrit (ifrit afreet) - fast desert (dust) devils - powerful demons or giants often synonymous with
"marid" - archaic sick (adjective) - a person who who is sick - but also malevolent beings in Arabic mythology .
i.e. ifrit and marid are indistinguishable in Arabic mythology
Ghoul - ghul - a diabolic class of jinn with donkey's hooves, offspring of the prince of darkness, said to occupy burial grounds and deserted places
Sahrahn Somali good spirits - but ships of the desert are CAMELS, single humped dromedaries which crossed the SAHARA (and Bactrian two-humped camels - see below "Tukharistan" )
Daeva - Zoroastrian powerful demons
Tukharistan means the land of Tukharas - Bactria (the two humped Bactrian camel)
Agnivanshi.. those claiming descent from the Vedic fire god
Afshin - a common Persian name - also "the princely title of the rulers of Osrushana or Ustrushana (Istarawshan)at the time of the Muslim conquest"
Nahid - female name - Persian "Venus" (planet), Arabic 'young and beautiful'
SHAFIT one of the 4 juridical Sunni schools - part of Sharia - Muslim law
geziri - island dwellers - but Ǧazīrat al-ʿArab - the island of the Arabs is the Arabian peninsula, - al Jazeera is also a news sender in Qatar and Algiers - is Al-Jazāʾir "the islands".
Cairo, el qahira[h] (the strong/powerful/vanquisher), Umm al dunja (mother of the world) , Masr (Egypt) -
The city of brass... a story from the Scheherzade... a.k.a. the thousand and one nights.
All by a NewYork woman whose surname means "ruler of the country/emperor" but does not seem to have intimate contact with Saracen or middle East Saudi Arabian/Algerian language... hotch potch mumbo jumbo for USA consumption
If you follow me on my social media then you know how much and how often I fangirl about the first book. I love everything about it, from the characters to the phenomenal world building to the insane plot twists! So I was really nervous about picking up The Kingdom of Copper as I didn’t want to be disappointed. But damn, this book is as amazing as the first and I know I’m going to be rereading both books again and again this year. I just can’t get enough!
Shannon’s writing is amazing and will keep you hooked, wanting to read just one more chapter until you end up staying up all night reading. I literally had to force myself to stop reading and go to bed and even though I actually read the book in January I am still thinking about it a month later. It is intense and so much happens right from the beginning. There’s plenty of political intrigue which I love seeing as it really built up the tension. There are again lots of characters, including Ali’s mum, Hatset and Ali’s new friends. I loved them so much! I really enjoy seeing lots of different characters included in the story as you really get a feel of what it is like living in Daevabad from so many different perspectives. Every character is written so well, even characters we only see for a short period of time, they all have their own secrets, there’s double-crosses and ulterior motives and you can’t trust anyone!
Of course, Ali is my favourite, he’s my cinnamon roll and I will protect him at all costs! He has to deal with his new abilities, thanks to the marid, and spending everyday looking over his shoulder because he was exiled and so as an ex-prince is constantly having to deal with assassins who would love to kill him for the Daevas. But because of his new abilities he has become a valuable member of the geziri tribe out in the desert because of his ability to find water so they protect him. I loved how passionate he is about trying to bring justice to the oppressed shafits but I wish he could learn to be more diplomatic. Shannon is out to destroy my heart with the amount of suffering she puts Alizayd through.
“Alizayd al Qahtani didn’t make it a month with his caravan.”
Let me tell you how much of a badass Nahri is, she has had to live in a very difficult situation, married to someone who she does not wish to be with and she can’t even leave the palace without being punished. Yet she still remains hopeful and does everything within her power to help her people and even try to change their minds about prejudices against the shafits. She decides to build a hospital and employ shafit healers with the help of Alizayd. And she has to battle the king to ensure this happens. She is smart and resourceful and resilient. And she doesn’t back down when the king tries to assert her power. Gahh! I love her so much!
“I need to put some men in their place”
Dara also had a few chapters from his point of view and well, I still don’t like him. Although it will be interesting to see what he does in the next book because of everything that happens at the end of this one. I am also looking forward to seeing more of Fatima, we did see more of her in this book and I really liked her in this. Much more than I did in The City of Brass.
Okay so I could go on forever about how much I love this book and this trilogy, so I’m just going to say that you all need to go read this book! And when you’ve read it, I shall be ready and waiting to fangirl with you!
Man, I think I'm still angry and disappointed by how this all turned out.
First of all, why jump five years into the future, where nothing is okay? Second of all, if the author felt the need for three POVs - take a wild guess which those are - why couldn't she shorten it all? Because, let me tell you, for about 400 pages - FOUR HUNDRED PAGES - not much happens. It was like watching a soap opera, where the author felt the need to write down every tiny detail that happened. I hate that, I hate that it was so slow and I was just, whatever, moving along. That wasn't the case with CoB. I reread it before jumping into this one and I loved it even more, the second time around. But this one lacked the magic the first one had. Obviously, there were things and characters I loved, as well. It wasn't ALL bad.
But the huge bone I have to pick with the author is how she demonized Dara. Okay, cat's out of the bag. He's brought back - again - and used as a pawn. I absolutely hated it and I just know nothing good will come of it and the poor bastard is just a victim. A slave to do the bidding of his masters and an Afshin to do the bidding of the Nahids. Okay, so he has his flaws, what with being a tiny bit racist.
Of course that everything happened in the last two hundred pages and we're left hanging again. Can't say it was as bad as I was expecting, as bad a cliffhanger as others were making it out to be, but it did make me curious to read book three, even though I doubt it's going to redeem the trilogy for me. It just reminded me why I mostly like reading standalone novels.
3 - 3.5 stars. Read it at your own risk.
I enjoyed The Kingdom of Copper even more than I enjoyed The City of Brass. Chakraborty’s world-building is fantastic, and she writes political intrigue so well that it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if she were to reveal she grew up in a fantastical royal court herself.
This book picks up around five years after the events of The City of Brass, and Nahri, who’s been trying to survive amidst her enemies at Daevabad’s royal court as the wife of the future king, finds herself having to work with Ali again, now her brother-in-law, when he returns from banishment. The two of them are trying to stop Daevabad from tearing itself apart when there are so many different races and religions constantly at war with another, often at the expense of the most vulnerable people in the city.
Ultimately, this book asks the question: is Daevabad even worth saving? Can any city recover when its entire history is layer after layer of one faction of djinn oppressing the others?
What I love about this series is that Chakraborty doesn’t let anyone, or anyone’s beliefs, be wholly good or wholly bad. Everyone, even the protagonists, get called out on their attitudes and beliefs, and it makes for an incredibly believable historical fantasy where the stakes feel real.
I still absolutely adore Ali. He’s still my favourite character in this series, and possibly one of my favourite characters in fantasy. He’s not at all perfect – like a lot of the other djinn, he has prejudices that he needs to overcome – but his struggle between doing what his family wants vs. doing what he believes to be right and just is the kind of story arc I love to follow. His relationship with his siblings is wonderful, it was great to see more of Zaynab in this book and their mother who is a boss, and I love his friendship with new characters Lubayd and Aqisa.
Aqisa, in particular, is someone I’d like to see a lot more of. I love her. We also meet shafit doctor Subha Sen, and I hope we see a lot more of her in the next book, too.
I’m pleased to say Nahri and Dara grew on me a lot more in this book. I still don’t know that I’ve quite ‘got’ Nahri; I’m always waiting for her to be the con artist I was promised in the blurb of The City of Brass, and while we certainly see her being a lot sneakier in this book I still find it difficult to match up Nahri the con artist with Nahri the doctor. Unlike The City of Brass, though, I could believe Nahri’s desire to be a doctor a lot more in this book, and she had a lot of moments that made me cheer for her.
Dara, on the other hand, I think is a great character. I still don’t like him, though, and I find it odd that so many people ship him with Nahri. He was disgusted with his attraction to her when he believed she was a shafit, and I have no interest in shipping a romantic couple where one half believes the other to be genetically lesser. Ew.
In this book I certainly understood Dara more, I even felt sorry for him at times, but I didn’t like him. I don’t know if we’re supposed to, I think the beauty of this series is that Chakraborty leaves that up to us, but whenever Dara’s on the page I feel like I’m watching him make the same mistakes over and over and over again and never learning from them, and it’s frustrating. Especially when he starts pulling out his ‘woe is me’ card.
That said, I’m not a fan of the potential budding romance between Ali and Nahri either. Considering Nahri has been used and abused by the djinn ever since she summoned Dara in the first book, I’d love to see her end this series single. I don’t want her to be lonely, but I love her and Ali’s friendship and I really hope their relationship doesn’t take a romantic turn in the next book. Let women and men just be friends, please.
Whatever happens in the next book, I can’t wait to read it. The ending of The Kingdom of Copper was nothing short of explosive, and I was so enamoured by the last few chapters that I very nearly missed my stop on the bus home from work. It’s lush, complex fantasy, and I loved it.
Speculative fiction is too often set amongst western traditions, making Daevabad exotic and fresh, highly recommended.
This is also not a good jumping on point. New readers should start with book one 'City of Brass.'
Regular ones, read on.
This volume runs for 609 pages of story. It has a prologue. Epilogue. And forty one chapters in between. Being a trilogy means it thus ends on a fairly big cliffhanger for the final book to resolve.
There are some maps of the settings at the start, and the back of the book contains a cast of characters and a glossary of quite a few things.
It does have a couple of bits of strong language, and some mild adult moments.
The chapters use one of three viewpoint characters. Nahri. Ali. Or Dara.
Picking up from the end of the last book, Nahri is getting used to her new life. And finds a goal which she strives to make happen.
Ali is exiled, and trying to get by and come to terms with his abilities. But then is thrust into a situation he didn't expect.
And Dara has plans. Which will effect many.
Their lives are going to change once again...
This is supremely readable, although it is best to take it slowly and savour things to take in the detail and the prose. It's superbly character driven, and it does know where it is going right from the off.
But it is just not quite five stars because it's very much a middle book in a series. Which means it does take a while to get to where it wants to be, and for things to come together.
But your patience is rewarded with that, as things really do get going superbly and quite grippingly in the last hundred pages. And it will leave you desperate to see what happens next.
Roll on book three. Which is due out next year - at the time of writing. A very good entry in a very good series, though, and well worth a look.
10/10- a truly fantastic world, storyline, characters... Only downside is waiting for the third book (and that the third will be the last).
This one though... this is incredible, my heart nearly couldn't stand it, I had to keep taking pauses to regroup (and admire). The characters are *real*. The politics is almost far too close to home with divisions and discord that make sense, it's all too awful and all too easy to understand. You get where each character is coming from and really get their motivations.
I need the third book now... but this means I'll get the joy of re-reading these two again soon.
Amazing work of art made out of human failings and prejudices. Read them now!
Nahri grew so much over this book and it's amazing, she was by no means a weak character before, but it was clear she was slightly out of her depth once she arrived at Daevabad. But she has found her feet now! The characters are all so gloriously twisted and wonderful, that you often can understand why the 'villain' is doing that rather extreme terrible action, while understanding the otherside and their anger. The world and history weaved throughout is brilliant.
I will never not love this book!