The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

The 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 du...

Details The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

TitleThe City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

  • Regan
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review.The City of Brass was unlike any Fantasy novel I’ve read before, and I completely adored it. This debut novel is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2017, and I will sing its praises even after its release on November 14th, 2017. Please guys, don’t sleep on this story, because it has not received the hype it deserves. This is the first book in an own voices Muslim Fantasy...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    3.5⭐✨ The long-overdue review finally posted.✨This could and would have been a 5-star read for me had it not been for that incredibly slow start all the way through almost the end of the book. The first half was very much foundational which introduced us to the world, the characters, as well as the inner workings and machinations of the city of Brass. Obviously, this is highly appreciated but I don’t think we needed to spend the entire th...
  • Will Byrnes
    It’s time to polish that special lamp gathering webs in the attic, put a fine edge on your bladed weaponry, remind yourself of ancient tribal insults and outrages, dust off that list of wishes that is around here somewhere and vacuum your magic carpet. You are about to be transported. “The Magic Carpet” (detail), 1880, by Apollinary Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov © State Art Museum, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia/Bridgeman Art Library Nahri, our Aladdin ...
  • may ❀
    Full review FINALLY posted Every time I think about this book and how excited I was to read it and how it caused me the biggest disappointment of my life I laugh through my tears bc wHY WAS I EXPECTING ANYTHING LESSIm aware ^ sentence made no sense but im really fragile and vulnerable and sad right now also it took me like 3 weeks to read this book ??? so I also feel scammed. I want a refund my time and tears.i'm terribly sad to be writing such a...
  • Robin Hobb
    As always, I want to let others know that I received this book as a gift from my publishers. In this instance, I have not met the author, but hope that at some time I will.Do you remember the first time a book took you out of your culture? I think for most of us it happens in childhood. For me, my passage to other countries and times came in the form of fairy tales and legends. We had a fat volume of Arabian Nights (most likely edited for kids) w...
  • may ➹ (semi hiatus)
    The feeling you get when one of your most anticipated books lives up to your expectations is one of the best. It’s the contentment that you feel about not hating everything you read. It’s the peacefulness that you feel knowing that you actually can like books. And most of all, it’s the excited feeling of finally NOT being crushed by overwhelming disappointment that a book turned out to be as good as you thought it was.Unfortunately, The Cit...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    $1.99 Kindle sale, May 16, 2018.Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:Nahri, a young woman living alone in 18th century Cairo, gets by doing minor cons, fake healing rituals and a little theft. She knows nothing about her parents or heritage but, in addition to being able to diagnose disease in others with a glance and occasionally truly heal them, her own body automatically heals of injuries almost instantly and she has the magical ab...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This is an AMAZING debut and definitely one of the best adult fantasy books I've found. I wish there were more fast-paced, creative, fun stories like this that feature 20-something characters! The world was absolutely gorgeous & vivid, the characters were all strong, and the writing was great... everything flowed so well. (PS - some readers often ask, so just a heads up that there's a lot about demons & possession in this story). And this isn't n...
  • Lori
    It's like the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy.
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    I really liked this, though at times it was hard to find the plot. It definitely felt like 500+ pages of exposition, but it had good character and world building that got me invested by the end. I wasn't a fan of one of the POVs at first, but once the characters met I was glad we'd had his insight into the world.I'll be honest, this is one of those type of epic fantasy series that I enjoy while reading it, but will probably feel too intimidated b...
  • Hiba
    *Gathers 1 kg of chocalate. Picks up two mugs of coffee. Snuggle in a blanket* LET'S RANT.Behold the most dissapointing, the most boring, and the most..dissapointing (one time is not enough) book of my reading carrier. I had never thought that an own voice muslim fantasy novel with djinn politics and a theif as a protaganist could be this much underwhelming, but apparently, it is. This book felt like a 500 pages long prologue. And not the excitin...
  • Kaitlin
    This is one of the books I picked up as part of the BooktubeSFF Awards for 2018 as this is on the debut shortlist. I have to say I am very, very glad that I was able to get to this one because although it was on my radar already, this shortlisting made me get around to reading it a whole lot quicker and I was really pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.This story starts off by following Nahir, a young girl who is able to heal herself insta...
  • Sarah
    Soo.... This book. If you've been following my updates you probably already know I wasn't a huge fan. There are a lot of things The City of Brass does right, and one very important thing it doesn't. I'm also going to cover this review with a disclaimer in saying that I think plenty of readers will enjoy this book. It might just be me.I really loved Nahri's character from the beginning. She's a thief and a con artist. She has a smart mouth and doe...
  • Acqua
    4.5 stars.The City of Brass is an adult book.It doesn't matter how many people will mislabel it as YA (because adult fantasy books written by women always get this treatment...), this is still going to be an adult book. It reads like an adult political fantasy tome because it is an adult political fantasy tome. Stop labeling all books written by women as YA, then you won't be surprised and bored when the book turns out to have ~too much worldbuil...
  • Deborah Obida
    Buddy read with David, My April tbr twinThis didn't wow me but it was okay.Its only two things that differentiate this book from other YA books and they are1.The setting, the Muslim/18th century Cairo made it very interesting.2.The plot, despite the similarities with other YA cliches, I have to give the author a thumps up for the djinn concept, the portrayal was well done.Here are a list of stuffs this book have in common with other YA books.▪ ...
  • Jananee (headinherbooks)
    *screeches until the end of time*HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ THIS YEAR
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Nahri, a young hustler who makes a living scamming the superstitious and gullible on the streets of 18th century Cairo. Even though she has the uncanny ability to sense illness in a person simply by touching them, she’s never truly believed that what she does is magic. But then one day during a zar ceremony, in which Nahri was just supposed to go through the motions,...
  • Ben Alderson
    Got loads of thoughts on this book so wait for the video! I loved the start... the entire middle was slow and boring to me...but the end was ok! I am not SURE if i am going to read book two.. we shall see
  • Julia Carlton
    2.5 stars First of all, I want everyone to know that I spent three whole days trying to decide the best rating for this book. The first time I laid my eyes on this book, I knew it'd be a favorite. But alas, this has become my biggest disappointing read in 2017. It's hard to believe it took me a whole month to finish it as I had expected a fast and exciting read but instead I got a story which isn't actually a story since nothing much happens in t...
  • Bradley
    So, I was fairly excited to read a fantasy involving Jinn in both Cairo and Daevabad. I was only slightly worried that it was YA. In the end, I give it more of a 3.5 rating.BUT WHY? (Says the hoard of YA enthusiasts)Because while I actually didn't mind the love triangle-ish direction of the tale near the end while Nahri and Dara and Avi have their little intrigue in the famous City of Brass (Daevabad), getting there was something of a slog.Wait, ...
  • Romie
    This entire book got me jungshook. I don’t have another word to express how I feel right now. Jungshook.I honestly had no idea what this book was about when I started it, but a friend I trust kept on recommending it because it’s one of her favourites. At first I wasn’t going to read it in December because I wanted to wait for the less expensive UK editions, but then I thought ‘THE US PAPERBACK IS KINDA CHEAP AND THE COVER IS GORGEOUS GO F...
  • Carlos
    I really liked the last 200 pages of his book, very slow beginning and somewhat boring but once it gets going it never stops . I was interested by the palace intrigues and the historical background we are given regarding the Djinns . If you like magical realism and fantasy book, the this is the book for you .
  • Scarlett
    4.5 starsThis is rather an astonishing debut novel. I cannot believe it is a debut. Pretty outstanding! From what I understand, the author of this novel is a total history buff with a keen interest in the Middle East. That is absolutely apparent when reading about the cultural details that describe the people, their garments, their homes, customs, foods, and cities they live in. While reading, you will feel immersed in the sprawling city of Daev...