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BUDDY READ:Paranormal/Fantasy > The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty - Restarting May 12th 2020

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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 22812 comments Mod
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 summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for...

NataliaVictoria | 9 comments Sorry I’m starting a bit late, but I’m really excited and have high expectations, because I usually love novels centered around ancient Arabia and it’s lore - fingers crossed🤞🏼

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NataliaVictoria | 9 comments almost 50% (view spoiler)

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NataliaVictoria | 9 comments Finished and wow - I'm very conflicted. (view spoiler)

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Aly (alyp_01) | 10412 comments Woah those are long :) Also maybe want to tag them as spoilers.

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Aly (alyp_01) | 10412 comments NataliaVictoria wrote: "I’m almost halfway thru, and I’m liking it a lot - it’s pretty fast paced which I’m glad for. Idk if I like how it’s split between the two perspectives, though - I feel like I’m only getting snippe..."
I don't mind getting both points of view, but Ali is less interesting to me. I'm looking forward to seeing them come together too

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Aly (alyp_01) | 10412 comments NataliaVictoria wrote: "Finished and wow - I'm very conflicted. On one end, it's overall themes and ideas are everything I love in fantasy - thieves and warriors, ancient societies with complex races and politics, adventu..."

I agree that pacing was off for sure, I didn't even realize (view spoiler)

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NataliaVictoria | 9 comments Sorry I haven't been checking the thread - and about the spoilers, I just figured out how to do that lol. But I agreed with everything you've said, though looking back on it I may have been a biiiit critical, probably because a lot of the actions and events near the end were frustrating. I did enjoy it though! I've been looking through a few reviews, and a lot of people seem to like Dara a lot - idk if I'm the only one but something was way off for me and he was just confusing from my perspective

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NataliaVictoria | 9 comments Aly wrote: "ch 8 [spoilers removed]"

Yea I feel like the politics got a bit too complicated, especially introducing it all right from the start. I think, however, that "daeva" is their term for themselves and their entire race (every tribe included), and "djinn" is the term that humans created to refer to them in their legends. A lot of the purebloods (especially the Daeva tribe, the tribe that are so obssessed with pure blood and not associating with humans that they adopted their race name as their tribe name) despise the term "djinn" because it was created and used by humans, which they don't want any association with, but the Quatanis and their tribes accept the term "djinn" and adopted it because they're ok with humans, maybe even like them. Essentially they refer to the same thing, but they have different historical origins that piss some of the daevas off. Yea... definitely a bit too complex to fit in a novel with so much else going on around it.

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