Thursday, April 26, 2018

ARC Review: The City of Brass

32718027The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

 

*I received an ARC from the publisher thanks to Edelweiss. This does not affect my review.*

I started this one last year, but ended up putting it down. Why? One, because I had some review deadlines that I had to meet, and two, because early on, I knew this was one of those books that I would love so much that I wouldn’t want it to end! So, after six months of putting off the ending, I finally finished this one…and I need more!

I loved this book, and it really amazed me. I don’t normally read things that are Muslim based, so the fact that I loved this one so much amazed me. I normally avoid books about religion because most are anti-Christian and just end up making me mad. This one wasn’t like that at all, and only somewhat focused on religion, and mostly avoided using names.

The characters? -Sigh- Where to start? I enjoyed Nahri’s will to survive, and was intrigued by the fact that she was more than she appeared, and than she had magical powers that were strange and yet familiar to her. Dara? Okay, it seems that I fall quickly for at least one character in any YA fantasy that I love. From the first, I was a fan of Dara, but strangely, I also quickly found myself cheering for Ali.

The world-building is complex and beautiful. I love all the characters and races in this. Many were only mentioned, so I’m hoping to see plenty more creatures throughout the series. The Daeva cities were unique and while not always the cleanest, they were impressive, and I loved seeing how the different tribes handled daily life.

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