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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
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really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, historical-fiction, rating-pg-13

I've had my eye on this book for months, and it didn't disappoint. It was terrific. Others have mentioned the worldbuilding, which constructs a complex but never heavy fantasy universe atop a delicate and detailed mesh of Islamic and Persian myth. Even better, THE CITY OF BRASS uses this detailed fantasy world to tease mature questions about family, pragmatism, ethics, and religion, which are woven organically into a plot that spans court intrigue, romance and mystery.

THE CITY OF BRASS is marketed as adult (rather than young adult) fantasy, but like Peirce Brown's RED RISING series it comes with great crossover appeal. YA fans will appreciate the flowing plot, the plucky heroine, and the author's relative restraint as regards "adult" subject matter (full advisory under the spoiler cut). (view spoiler). Adult fans, on the other hand, will be thrilled to notice the intellectual and emotional maturity of the story, something that doesn't usually characterise YA. Many of the characters in this book are deeply flawed, and Chakraborty does a wonderful job of presenting both their faults and their motivations rather than painting with broad-brush condemnation or approval. The result is a book which - though I'm no expert on the Middle East - provides a wonderfully detailed, convincing, and sympathetic picture of what it's like to live in a place that plays host to multiple incompatible religions. And that, in the end, is what all of us do, whether we live in the Middle East or not.

Thoroughly satisfying.
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June 20, 2018 – Shelved
June 20, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 20, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
June 20, 2018 – Shelved as: rating-pg-13
June 20, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Suzannah I can't wait for the next one!

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