The City Of Brass: A Novel by S. A. ChakrabortyThe City Of Brass: A Novel by S. A. Chakraborty

The City Of Brass: A Novel

byS. A. Chakraborty

Paperback | November 14, 2017

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Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-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 and a reliable way to survive. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to question all she believes. For the warrior tells her an extraordinary 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 birds of prey are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In Daevabad, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince dreams of rebellion. 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 to be careful what you wish for . . .

Title:The City Of Brass: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062690957

ISBN - 13:9780062690951

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Customer Reviews of The City Of Brass: A Novel


Rated 5 out of 5 by from PICK THIS UP! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Any opinions expressed are completely my own* #indigoemployee Chakraborty presents readers with amazing world building that draws upon Middle Eastern settings, beliefs, and folklore. As a result, she gives (fantasy) insight into a culture often less discussed in literature. The City of Brass is centered upon three main characters: Nahri is a clever young woman with a keen sense of survival who can heal herself immediately upon injury. She is the main protagonist who is swept into a magical world that she knew nothing about. Ali is a strict and uncertain young man, the youngest son of king Ghassan. He is passionate towards helping the Shafit (a magical mixed blood race) and is an avid scholar and warrior. Dara is a former slave who finds himself helping Nahri in her time of need. They form an inseparable bond that is often troubled due to Dara's knack of withholding significant information. He is haunted by a troubled past and has a very short temper. This novel alternates between the point of view of Nahri and that of Ali, one character who has known magic his entire life and another who has recently had it thrust upon her unexpectedly. The City of Brass is an amazing debut. The cover art is beautiful and will definitely grab readers attention. Overall, I believe that it would be a good transition novel for any mature teen readers who enjoy semi-historical fantasy. Recommended for fans of Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment, and highly recommend that everyone pre-order before the release this fall!
Date published: 2017-07-27

Editorial Reviews

“I particularly love a story of twisty, complex, dangerous, and character-driven family and palace politics, steeped in hidden history, cruel betrayals, and desires that can’t be admitted. The City of Brass delivers on all counts.”