The City of Brass

city of brass

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Published: November 14th, 2016

Rating: 2.5/5

Summary: 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 . . .


I’m sad to say that I’m putting this book down for right now. I started this like two weeks ago and I’m barely halfway through. I really want to finish it and I think I will but I just am not in the mood and I don’t want to force myself to read it when I have no interest in reading it right now.

I’ve seen so many good reviews on Goodreads and I really want to like it but right now It’s not engaging me so I think it’s best for me to move on.

But so far here are my thoughts:

I loved that vibe that I was getting, it was similar to The Wrath and the Dawn and Rebel of the Sands. The main character is from Cairo and can magically heal herself. She stumbles along a Djnn after using magic to summon him. I liked their dynamic and loved reading their storyline.

I think what was bothering me was that I didn’t care too much about Ali, the Prince. We read from his POV as well, and I wasn’t as invested in his storyline like I was with Nahri. I mean I understood that he was important but I just didn’t care as much as I did with Nahri.

Dara was awesome and I love him so much though! He was interesting to read about as well. He has so much unrevealed history that I wish was being revealed more quickly that it is.

Overall just not feeling it so I hope I get in the mood one day soon and decide to just jump back in. I’ll be posting another review for this book once I really do finish it so you can all know my full thoughts.

Anyways, let me know your thoughts and if you’ve read or are reading this book! I’d really love to know!




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