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This was a pretty great fantasy tale! It has all the elements I love about the fantasy genre – magical world building, flawed but interesting characters, and a pace that keeps you turning page after page. I particularly loved the world building. Chakraborty has created a rich, full, world set in middle eastern culture which is a refreshing change from a lot of medieval fantasy settings. You have clashing tribes, fascinating djinn magic, and a rather spectacular sounding city in Daevabad.
Of the three protagonists, I think Nahri was my favourite. As a con artist from the streets of Cairo thrust into a world where she is djinn royalty, she’s fantastically interesting to read. Alizayd, too, is a great character who constantly wrestles with the right thing to do and doesn’t always come up with the right answer. Dara I’m a little on the fence about. I was really enjoying him until closer to the end where he really started to lean in on the less wholesome parts of his personality, and I’m really interested to see where Chakraborty takes his character in the next week.
I'm at a bit of a loss. It's been a while since I read a book that made me as frustrated as this one has. Many of the characters are immature and act in a belligerent manner unbecoming of adults. But it actually does fit the setting and, urgh, that is exactly how people from today would act if they were put in the same situation. So yes, the book is good, the situations are plausible and the characters believable, though many of them are actually unlikable. I don't blame the author, though. Clearly it makes for a more interesting story, but I just can't get rid of the feeling of frustration I got at the end of reading it.
The character building was excellent and I felt involved in the action. It had an imaginative story-line and there were plenty of plot twists and suspense to keep me turning the pages. I completed the trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys well written fantasy with plenty of action and very believable and relatable characters.
This is my 2018 book love!!! From start to finish, I absolutely loved this book, I really enjoyed the incredible, magical, fast paced world building as well as the dialogue between the characters we come to meet throughout the story. I also loved the historical aspects of the book and the accurate referencing to King Sulaiman, Djinn (or Daeva), The Ottoman Empire, Egypt and Turkey. With it, the developing story line kept me on the edge of my seat and a few times I thought I managed to predict what will happen next – I was wrong. I also found with this book that it was one of those books I wanted to immerse myself in so much that I took my time to read it – and by the time I got to the end of the story, I just had to pay it a moment of silence before I could go on. Every chapter I was reading, there was something happening, I also loved how well defined the characters were and how each character made you question your loyalty in the book (whose side are you on in this new, political world).
An historical/urban fantasy suitable to older YA and adult readers – a story full of magic, intrigue and mystery, I give this under-hyped debut novel a 10/10 and I really can’t wait for the next instalment!!!
City of Brass is a very good opening to a new fantasy series. I enjoyed the book and will probably read the next one. However, it wasn't perfect for me. Pros include excellent world building, a less common setting (middle eastern & Arabic legends based although other people use it as well such ass Sami Shah and Saad Hossein to name two), an outstanding main feisty female character, easy to read the writing, and most character motivations that I could accept. Cons? The pacing is quite uneven, for example, there is a very l-o-o-o-n-g chase sequence but later the same amount of action/time is in too few words. The ending is very unsatisfying with no significant plot threads finalised and more added even on the last page! I appreciate it is book one but as a reader, I need some whole threads. There are some significant later scenes, events, and character actions that appear out of context and nothing before or after provides any background or framework for accepting or understanding. So, overall, for me a good to very good book but not excellent.