The City of Brass
Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.
But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in...more
There's not much sexual content, but there is some violence.(less)
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
“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
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 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 thing ...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 th ...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
one you will need to be prepared to endure, because it is long and somewhat exhausting. as the most rewarding journeys tend to be.
but i assure you, you will experience some of the most magical surprises and adventures, meet some of the most complex and intriguing characters, and devour some of the most deliciously crafted words along the way.
and once you finally reach the destination, well, its a wonder beyond anything y ...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
“Often the mightiest things have the humblest beginnings.”
This was a wonderful and immersive fantasy. Though at times the world building was pretty damn heavy and I still don’t understand everything even after finishing all 500 pages. (Like the difference between Djinn and Daeva, and what the war was actually caused by.) There are loads of tribes, and religions and stuff.
Despite this, Nahri is a fantastic heroine. She is feisty yet soft when she needs to be, able to take care of herself withou ...more
Unfortunately, The City of Brass did not give me ANY of those feelings whatso ...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.
Nahri’s life gets upended when she ...more
I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders
Content Warnings: Death, blood, violence, assault, passing mention of rape.
Well. Thi ...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
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
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
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'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
S. A. Chakraborty can crush my heart any day she likes (but please give a happy ending to Nahri and Dara I’m begging you p l e a s e)
*I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
"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 w ...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
Reread in order to read the sequel and liked it a bit less this time around but still a solid fantasy read!
Original review (22/11/17):
*screeches until the end of time*
HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ THIS YEAR
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
Why not 5 stars then? SO. MUCH. INFO-DUMPING. It took me a long while to understand the world building. This book needs a lot of focus. It's so darn heavy and if you get distracted for one minute you lose everything. The writing is heavy too. Beautiful, but heavy. The book isn't bingeable at all, at least for me it wasn't. Hence why it took me so long to finish i ...more
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