The City of Brass
But when Nahri accidentally s ...more
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There's not much sexual content, but there is some violence.(less)
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I’m less of a person and more of a physical manifestation of how much this book disappointed me. It’s like my personality has been factory reset and all I want now is to go out into an empty field and scream for about an hour and generally just give in to the brief privilege of hating myself for harboring so many expectations.
I really can’t wait to not be let down by every single one of m ...more
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 series, that walks the line between Young Adult and Adu ...more
“The Magic Carpet” (detail), 1880, by Apollinary Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov © State Art Museum, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia/Bridgeman Art Library
Nahri, our Aladdin here, is a twenty-year-old thief and con artist, working ...more
✨ 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 three-quarters of the book just getting introduced to things ...more
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 LESS
Im 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 review because i had SO MUCH HIGH hopes for this ...more
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) with lavish line illustrations. That was my first i ...more
For one, I realised how relieved I felt when I decided to quit on it.
Second, I would stop mid-sentence and paragraph several times.
Third, I do not think I'll be missing out on greatness if I don't read it. 🌚
Farewell, book. We broke up for good.
So, this took a turn. 😬
I want to blame the book. I think I will blame the book. But this could also very well be that I haven't been in the mood to read fantasy books in fore ...more
Unfortunately, The City of Brass did not give me ANY of those feelings whatsoe ...more
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 ability to understand ― and speak ― any language.
(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 necessarily about the story, but I'm so gla ...more
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 by the sequel to pick it up right away and then eve ...more
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 exciting one. There was nothing special here except rich ...more
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 worldbuilding~. Pick up any random adult high fantasy book ...more
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders
Content Warnings: Death, blood, violence, assault, passing mention of rape.
Well. This book was a ride to say the least, a wild ride but a ride that took me forever and it’s not even the book’s fault. I was in the most awful slump while fighting my way through it but I luckily had the good sense to sort that slump out before diving back in, and more seriously thi ...more
This story starts off by following Nahir, a young girl who is able to heal herself instantly. She's a human who lives in Cairo, and she be ...more
I really loved Nahri's character from the beginning. She's a thief and a con artist. She has a smart mouth and doesn't really take crap from anyone. If you give her ...more
Meet 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, she accidentally calls forth a daeva warrior. But s ...more
This didn't wow me but it was okay.
Its only two things that differentiate this book from other YA books and they are
1.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.
▪ An orphan female protagonist who knows nothing abou ...more
I was also going into the novel thinking it was going to be an adult novel, but i ...more
"I promise not to go to war without your permission."
If you're a fan of Rebel of the sands and An ember in the ashes, this is the book for you.
Nahri is a thief who lives in Cairo and she has a special power, she can heal people and she always knows if a person is sick and where the sickness is. She's also living on the streets and she's always ready to trick some rich nobles in order to steal from them. During one of he ...more
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, wait, have you heard this one?
Thief discovers she ...more
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 the 550 pages. But I still rated it three stars? Su ...more
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