The Kingdom Of Copper: A Novel by S. A ChakrabortyThe Kingdom Of Copper: A Novel by S. A Chakraborty

The Kingdom Of Copper: A Novel

byS. A Chakraborty

Paperback | January 22, 2019

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S. A. Chakraborty continues the sweeping adventure begun in The City of Brass—"the best adult fantasy I’ve read since The Name of the Wind" (#1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir)—conjuring a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any spell, and a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom.

Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.

Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe..

Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.

And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad's towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.

S. A. Chakraborty is an American speculative fiction writer, born and raised in New Jersey. She is a college graduate and currently lives in Queens, New York with her family. Beyond writing, she enjoys history, politics and Islamic art. She is the author of The Daevabad Trilogy. It includes her debut novel, The City of Brass, and the s...
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Title:The Kingdom Of Copper: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:640 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.28 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.28 inPublished:January 22, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062870165

ISBN - 13:9780062870162

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lush, Magical and Absolutely Perfect Before diving into the Daevabad trilogy, if someone asked me what my favourite book was, I’d stare at them AGHAST. HOW COULD I, A READER, PICK JUST ONE FAVOURITE BOOK? It was an impossible task. Ask me today, and I will SHOVE The Daevabad Trilogy in your face. I’ll say it again, just for clarity: The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper are the best books I’ve ever read. EVER. *pauses for dramatic effect* To say that I was DESPERATELY WAITING for The Kingdom of Copper ever since I was in the middle of its prequel, The City of Brass is an understatement. I NEEDED TO READ THIS BOOK. And then, after I actually got it, I was scared of starting because this meant I WOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR ALMOST A YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK. Long story short? The temptation got to be too much, I dove in and now I’m broken. MY THOUGHTS: 1. If I had to pick one of the reasons I love this series so much, it would have to be because of Ali and Nahri. Not just their beautifully constructed and developed characters, but the fact that these books are about good intentions and providing a better life to the people in their magical city that they are in that other rulers forget about in an attempt to gain or retain power. I don’t think this adequately covers what The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper hold within their pages but these books are FIERCE in breaking prejudices, in their explanation of centuries-old hatred, politics and family ties and in creating a world so lush, I actually want to live in it. To put it bluntly, this book is real and magical all at the same time and I AM ENTRANCED BY ALL OF IT. 2. I just want to circle back to Ali and Nahri again. I am in LOVE with them as individual characters – their spirit, their hopes, and their shrewdness. Even within two books, I can see how much they’ve grown and I honestly just want to hug both of them. 3. I usually read descriptions once in a book. They barely register in my head, but when it came to The Kingdom of Copper, I made sure to read descriptions again and again all so that I could feel like I was a part of this world. 4. THE POLITICS. THE WORLD BUILDING. THE WAR. THE MORALLY GRAY CHARACTERS. THE INTRIGUE. 5. A special mention to Jamshid, Muntadhir, Hatset and Zaynab who were WONDERFUL secondary characters and I WILL MISS THEM SO MUCH AFTER THE NEXT BOOK. Would I recommend this book? YES. YES. YES. YES. BUY THESE BOOKS AND DIVE IN. If you love them a fraction as much as I do, let me know and I WILL FANGIRL WITH YOU THANKS. An absolutely perfect novel filled with politics, magic, family, and characters you’ll love till the end of time. GO GET YOUR HANDS ON IT.
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gAHH SO GOOD This book was a whirlwind of a read. I don't think I can fully explain how I feel or what I'm thinking right now. I already know that I need to reread, and this time tab certain pages and sections just so I can keep track of everything that happened and the possible implications and all the heart wrenching moments *cue the tears* I'm already sad to be done with this world (for now), and I hurt inside cause I have to wait till 2021 to see how it all ends! I can never talk enough about Shannon's writing. It's beautifully delicious–and no, I'm not just talking about the food descriptions. I feel like I can almost taste the world she's created. Everything feels so tangible and real. It's like I'm actually there, tinkering away in the infirmary, making potions and healing salves. I can see myself wandering the palace gardens, or exploring the Daeva Temple, or even just pushing past the waves of djinn in the Grand Bazaar. And it's not just Daevabad. We get to see so much more of this wonderful world! The glimpses of life in Am Gezira through Ali's perspective, the varying settings that take place in Dara's chapters. We get to experience every day life, we get to see culture and how it varies according to each tribe. Shannon's world as a whole feels more fleshed out and bigger in this second book, and I loved every second of it! I mentioned in my review for The City of Brass how the story Shannon tells isn't very black or white. It's hard to pick one side and say "Okay, this side was in the right and I'm rooting for them to win!" There is no "right" side. There is no side that has done less wrong compared to the other. Both the shafit and the daevas have been persecuted and treated terribly. Both sides have made terrible decisions, justified by what they've gone through/are going through. It's all so very complex and deep. And Shannon shows this so well. We get glimpses of the confusion that not just Nahri, but every character in this book goes through, as more and more is revealed about the past. History is full of secrets and half-truths. It's embellished by the people who write it or live it. And there are always two sides to a story. I don't want to get too much more into the plot, cause I do want this review to be mostly non-spoilery. But the entire book felt like I was on a rollercoaster blindfolded. My emotions were a mess. One moment I would be terrified, the next I would be happy. Then a chapter later I would be horrified, and then I would be REALLY SAD. I just never knew what to expect. I was constantly on my toes. There were drops on this rollercoaster that I did not know about, and sharp turns that had me almost falling out of my seat. IT WAS A RIDE PEOPLE. And I enjoyed every second–including the pain and heartbreak. If you thought this book would just focus on the main characters, you were wrong. I was wrong. I was not expecting this much. My heart wasn't ready at all. Let's talk about Muntadhir. He is a flawed, complex, character who you want to slap across the face one second and then pat on the head the next and tell him it'll be okay. You might also want to murder him a few times. I came close to murdering him myself. However...Shannon writes his character just as well as she writes the plot itself. It's not as simple as it may seem. We see the pressure that Muntadhir is in, we see how scared he is and how he does his best to hide his weaknesses from a father who would openly exploit them. We see him warring between doing what is right and what is easy. And he chooses easy for a lot of it. And it makes sense. Muntadhir isn't idealistic and brash like Ali. He doesn't act first and think later. He has the self-preservation that Ali doesn't. He believes in living to change the future. Yet, he's too scared to stand up for the wrongs being done in the present. And that's realistic. Not everyone can be a hero. And the pressure and abuse Muntadhir has gone through at the hands of his father, aren't necessarily easy things to shrug off. Ali spent most of his life in the Citadel, away from his father and the life that Muntadhir had to lead. And while Ali resents how Muntadhir got to live in luxury and ease, he doesn't see what his father made his older brother go through. This quote honestly made me cry inside: "And I am well aware of my duties; you've been beating their importance into me since I was a child." Muntadhir does some horribly cruel stuff in this book–that scene near the end almost had me in tears. I wanted to murder him with my own hands. It hurts way more when someone close to you, a family member, does something purposely cruel, knowing how much it'll affect you. But we also see the reverse of it. We see how Ali treats Muntadhir, though a lot of his actions don't have the same forethought as Muntadhir's do, he does hurt him just the same through his lack of self-preservation and thoughtlessness and rash actions. Not to forget the many times Ali openly questioned Muntadhir's authority, not knowing how hard it was for his older brother to get to where he is today. Then we have Zaynab. She wasn't my favourite in The City of Brass because of what she did to Nahri, but in this book I was squealing. She deserves so much more hype honestly. The scene where she takes Nahri off to explore and wander the Geziri district, how she plays along in harem politics, her attempts at trying to save her brothers' relationship, just everything! The scene where she goes to the Temple and single-handedly prevents what would have been a huge altercation between the Daevas and Ali. She has a way with words, and people tend to underestimate her cause she's so beautiful and a princess. I just kind of love her and I'm really hoping we get to see more of her in book three! Lubayd and Aqisa were also some of my favourites. Aqisa is just a badass honestly. I love her sneaking around the palace and into and out of the harem. But Lubayd, ugh, he's a sweetheart. I just see him as a huge cuddly teddy bear who you want to hug. The scenes with him and Aqisa teasing Ali are honestly my favourite. My poor alu prince chose great friends. Nahri went through a hell of a lot in this book. One thing I did want to get into was the first scene we get in the prologue. I wasn't expecting a (view spoiler) scene and because of that it made the first little bit of the book kind of difficult to read. This is mostly a personal thing, but I just get really uncomfortable about stuff like that. And even though nothing crazy happens, it's the idea of something happening that terrified me. I guess it's one of my worst nightmares, and seeing it on the page, happening to a character I care about, scared me a bit more than I was expecting. (Just thought I'd add a warning for anyone reading this before reading the book) But besides that, we see how she's technically a prisoner in her new home. She can't leave, she doesn't have a say in anything, and other people take the price for her stepping out of line. It's just horrible. I did love seeing her working in the infirmary. She's learned so much since the last book and seeing her admit how much of a joy it is to be healing people like she's always wanted, made me feel all soft inside. Even her relationship with Muntadhir, though tumultuous, had moments that were endearing. Though they were constantly ruined, which explains the rollercoaster of emotions I went through. Also, her realizing that Daevabad will never feel like home to her HURT LIKE HELL. Seeing her reminisce of Egypt and her life before, made me so sad. She honestly just deserves a good, long vacation, with no politics or drama, or people plotting against her. My emerald-eyed son was a joy to read about. He had his own POV in this book and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Dara is as complex of a character as Muntadhir. He has done some horrible stuff and he's about to do more for the sake of a "better" future. The realization he comes to, knowing that in the end he isn't doing anything for the better, but only continuing on the cycle from the past, had me nodding my head up and down and crying proud tears inside. He surprised me. Especially near the end. I do worry about how everything will affect his relationship with Nahri. And seeing how broken Dara feels at the end, I'm a bit scared for what book three will bring. I am never, ever going to get over the fact that my child, ALIZAYD AL QAHTANI, is an alu. He is an actual potato head. And I love my potato head so much. The next time I have alu salan, I will spend the entire time thinking of PRINCE ALU AND HIS RASH AND STUPID ADVENTURES IN DAEVABAD (as this book should be titled). Also, I found a gif of a wild Prince Alu running away from his sense of self-preservation. Ali gets a nice long rant from me. We see him grow a lot as a character in this book, especially in the beginning. It almost seems that his time away from home was good for his heart and soul. He matured and grew up and then was immediately tossed back into a cesspool and ruined everything. And despite all of that that, I wasn't annoyed the least. Yes, Ali makes stupid decisions. He listens to his heart more than his brain. Or he justifies his heart through his brain, and thinks he's all clever, and then Ghassan stabs him in the chest for fun. IT IS ALL SO MUCH FUN. But we see him grow despite all of that. He does get a bit more careful, but I think his rashness and his mistakes make for a more realistic character. If he got everything right the first time and there were never any repercussions, sure my blood pressure would be back to normal, but who cares about that when you can cry your eyes out and scream at a book.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong Sequel to City of Brass I received an e-arc from Edelweiss - this in no way influences my review. Kingdom of Copper picks up shortly after the events of City of Brass, for a brief 3 chapters (1 for each POV character - Dara, Nahri, and Ali) and then completes a jump ahead by 5 years with the story picking up from there. The city of Daevabad and the settlement of Am Gezira are further explored - the politics and the failings of the royal family shape much of the exploration, creating a even more rich and realized world than in City of Brass. Everything comes together roughly in the last 150 pages or so, and then completely blows apart your expectations and looks to be a great set up for the finale. I'm looking forward to reading how Chakraborty wraps up this series, even if it means further torture for our characters.
Date published: 2018-10-19

Editorial Reviews

“It was a treat to return to Chakraborty’s richly drawn world. [...] engaging, satisfying, and left me looking forward to what comes next.”