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.
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.
The City of Brass is a page-turning read filled with twists and turns, battles, politics and a little bit of love. It is the best debut that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The world of The City of Brass is complex and beautifully wrought. I can’t wait for The Kingdom of Copper.