The City of Brass

The City of Brass

S.A. Chakraborty / Feb 24, 2020

The City of Brass Nahri has never believed in magic Certainly she has power on the streets of th century Cairo she s a con woman of unsurpassed talent But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get

  • Title: The City of Brass
  • Author: S.A. Chakraborty
  • ISBN: 9780062678102
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 sNahri 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 .

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      • S.A. Chakraborty

        S A Chakraborty is a speculative fiction writer from New York City Her debut, THE CITY OF BRASS, is the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy set in the 18th century Middle East and will be published in November 2017 by Harper Voyager When not buried in books about Mughal portraiture and Omani history, S A enjoys hiking, knitting, and cooking unnecessarily complicated meals for her family You can find her online at sachakraborty or on Twitter SChakrabs where she likes to ramble about history, politics, and Islamic art.


    1. 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 a [...]

    2. 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, w [...]

    3. 3.5⭐️✨ 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 introduce [...]

    4. my Muslim heart nearly burst when I heard this was an own voices Muslim fantasy novel!!!!! WHEN WILL THIS BOOK MANIFEST ITSELF IN FRONT OF ME

    5. Full review FINALLY postedEvery 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 LESSIm 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 b [...]

    6. 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 isI 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, sh [...]

    7. 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 w [...]

    8. 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 wh [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 a [...]

    11. BUDDY READ with ~~ critical reader ~~The City of Brass is a part of aMuslimFantasy trilogy??? A combo I definitely didn't see coming but YAASSSS, GIMME THE GOODS. 😍

    12. Actual rating: 4.5 starsGUYS GUYS GUYS I FINALLY FINISHED A BOOK. And what book it was. wow. An excellent, mind blowing tale I assure you.The world is SO detailed and rich, the characters selfish and flawed and all around awesome. The conflicts so complicated, ancient and deeply rooted that I STILL don't know where I stand. I'm just. speechless at how brilliant and meticulous the world-building and the politics are. RTC !!

    13. Got loads of thoughts on this book so wait for the video! I loved the start the entire middle was slow and boring to mebut the end was ok! I am not SURE if i am going to read book two we shall see

    14. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2017/12/14/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 said daeva isn [...]

    15. 2.5 stars 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 [...]

    16. *I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*"I promise not to go to war without your permission."4.5THE PLOTFirst things first: 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 t [...]

    17. "They shall control the winds and be lords of the deserts. And any traveler who strays across their land shall be doomed."Nahri is a con artist, and essentially fakes it till she makes it. Literally, it’s her pretending that leads her to ultimately summon a djinn and discover that the entire time, she actually had some form of power. Except now she must make her way to Daevabad where she belongs. Where she discovers more than just her own power, but of that of her new djinn friend and that of [...]

    18. Checkout my full review on my blog! omgbooksandmorebooks.What a beautiful and lyrical book this was. I was swept away to the streets of 18th century Cairo and I loved every minute of it. This book deserves the hype and more. The world building was so rich and beautiful. You can see and imagine yourself that you are with Nahri as she navigates through her journey. I'm speechless of how intricate and complicated this world is yet I was able to easily understand the conflicts and the politics.You w [...]

    19. This entire book got me jungshook. I don’t have another word to express how I feel right now. Jungshook.I honestly had no idea what this book was about when I started it, but a friend I trust kept on recommending it because it’s one of her favourites. At first I wasn’t going to read it in December because I wanted to wait for the less expensive UK editions, but then I thought ‘THE US PAPERBACK IS KINDA CHEAP AND THE COVER IS GORGEOUS GO FOR IT ROMIE!’ And here I am.I can say I was surp [...]

    20. 4.5 starsI really enjoyed this!!The world is rich, the characters are compelling, and this is just plain FUN. Seriously, I had so much fun reading this.I did see some first novel/foundational novel pitfalls (this is Chakraborty's first book, and the first in a trilogy). The plot gets overly convoluted at some points, but at the end of the day I still found the politics a fun part of the book. Pacing is sometimes a bit funky, but the world felt so fully realized that I was happy to slow down a bi [...]

    21. Wow! This book completely had be captivated from start to finish!Summary: A Middle Eastern influenced epic Fantasy that starts with Nahri, a cunning thief in Cairo, with hidden healing abilities who (while pretending to heal a possessed girl) accidentally awakens the evil spirit in the girl, and also calls upon a mysterious djinn warrior - who then reluctantly (but also insistently) protects her from terrifying creatures like Ifrits and ghouls, and takes her to the hidden and magnificent City of [...]

    22. Magical Mayhem in the Middle EastBy Judge Liberty HardyCome along for a tale of magic, mystery, and adventure in this wildly enchanting debut! A dizzyingly exciting Middle Eastern-inspired novel, filled with mythology, treachery, and schemes around every corner, The City of Brass is a beautifully-told fantasy book that is perfect for fans of cons and conjurers, demons and desert worldsNahri is a young con woman who knows all the tricks to staying alive and ahead of the law on the streets of 18th [...]

    23. Wow, talk about a debut bang out of the gate!Chakraborty had me hooked from the first page with a strong narrative voice that expertly dips into free indirect discourse to get us inside the head of Nahri, living hand to mouth in Cairo, scamming and thieving from the wealthy, and trying to learn how to manage her wild healing talent.One of her scams is to put together "tent healing" shows, though she doesn't believe in spirits, djinn, or the like. As part of her act she sings an eerie song that s [...]

    24. The City of Brass is a highly ambitious debut that weaves a lush tapestry of Persian culture and mythology reminiscent of One Thousand and One Nights. Chakraborty’s incredible attention to detail brought the setting and characters to life and created a fully immersive reading experience. The characters are full of complexity (and more than a small helping of deviousness which was much fun).The gripping first few chapters introduce us to Nahri, a young con-artist with healing abilities she thin [...]

    25. Where do I start with this book? Well you better prepare for some late nights because once I started this book I couldn’t stop, it took me a few days because this book is a tome but I finally finished at around 2am, completely mesmerized trying to let everything sink in.The City of Brass is about Nahri a trickster living in Cairo making money by preying on superstitious fools. Nahri has many abilities, there isn’t a language around that she can’t understand and speak, she heals rapidly and [...]

    26. Thank you Harper Collins Australia for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review review is on my blog, check it out!M I N I R E V I E WThe City of Brass was a book I was cautious of when I was requesting it. I was a bit nervous because it is so big. 520 pages, to be exact. I find that sometimes the longer the book the more bored I get throughout. However, this wasn’t the case at all. The City of Brass is an enchanting and alluring story that grips you from the very first page. Every s [...]

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