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The City of Brass

(The Daevabad Trilogy #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  39,523 ratings  ·  6,859 reviews
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 s
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 22nd 2018 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published November 14th 2017)
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S.A. Chakraborty The City of Brass is classified as an adult fantasy, but I suspect older teens would enjoy it. The main characters are 20, 18, and well, vaguely immor…moreThe City of Brass is classified as an adult fantasy, but I suspect older teens would enjoy it. The main characters are 20, 18, and well, vaguely immortal ;)
There's not much sexual content, but there is some violence.(less)

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chai ♡
I can tally my life in good days and bad days, and thanks to this book, this turned out to be a very bad day.

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
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 here, is a twenty-year-old thief and con artist, working
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Ugg, tried a reread but didn’t like it at all the second time. I’m not sure why I thought I liked it the first time around. Unhauling special edition. 😕

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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

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
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 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
Robin Hobb
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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) with lavish line illustrations. That was my first i
Apr 14, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Edit: I've decided to not go back to this book.
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
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the only way to describe this book is as an enticingly ambitious journey.

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
Roshani Chokshi
I just finished reading this by the dying light of my cellphone while small, devious looking insects clamored towards the light and attacked my face. I HAVE NO REGRETS. That is how spellbinding this book is...I could not put it down. I haven't had that kind of visceral "No one touch this book, it is actually a clever extension of my hand, and I will BITE you if you come between me and these characters" reaction in awhile. Chakraborty has some truly dazzling workdbuilding skills, but beyond that, ...more
Charlotte May
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

“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
may ➹
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to suffer
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 City of Brass did not give me ANY of those feelings whatso
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

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
chan ☆
on pause, had to return my audiobook whoops
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's like the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy.
Feb 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I've seen this book all over bookstagram, it;s crazy. Sounds interesting
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
May 2020 edit: if you're going to read this for the first time, I recommend not doing it via audiobook, the narration is okay but the Arabic is butchered. So i know that if I didn't already know this story by heart, and love it so much, I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much.

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
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, edelweiss
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 doesn't really take crap from anyone. If you give her
*Gathers 1 kg of chocalate. Picks up two mugs of coffee. Snuggle in a blanket*


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
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, fantasy
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, wait, have you heard this one?

Thief discovers she
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
“Greatness takes time, Banu Nahida. Often the mightiest things have the humblest beginnings.”

representation: characters of colour (characters from various African countries (mainly Egypt), own voices Muslim rep, Jewish rep, m/m side relationship).

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


This was really good. I personally found the world building a litttttttle bit too confusing but that could just be because I listened to the majority of this on
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 instantly. She's a human who lives in Cairo, and she be
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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 by the sequel to pick it up right away and then eve
Clem (the villain's quest)

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1st reread

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)

1sr read

*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
this is now a Jamshid stan account only. everybody back off. (4.75)
Jade Ratley
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The beauty scored 8.43 overall on CAWPILE, which makes it a very high 4 star read. I absolutely adored this and can not wait to get into the sequel, I can imagine it only gets better from here!!!
Deborah Obida
Buddy read with David, My April tbr twin

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
[3.5 Stars] I really enjoyed the world-building of the different castes of djinn/daeva in this. I liked the interesting magic that kept me engaged, and I did really like the ending A LOT. However, I read this as an audiobook, and I really did not enjoy the narration. She makes all the characters sound very whiny and just weak and annoying. I would advise people to read this book physically rather than listen to it.

I was also going into the novel thinking it was going to be an adult novel, but i
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S. A. Chakraborty is the author of the critically acclaimed and internationally best-selling The Daevabad Trilogy. Her work has been nominated for the Locus, World Fantasy, Crawford, and Astounding awards. When not buried in books about thirteen-century con artists and Abbasid political intrigue, she enjoys hiking, knitting, and re-creating unnecessarily complicated medieval meals. You can find he ...more

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