Book Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This should be an interesting story

This quote pretty much summed up my thoughts when I saw this book for the first time. But I couldn’t help that I felt the entire time like I wanted to put it away.

Book Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


Title & Author: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Genre: History, Fantasy
Release date: November 14 2017
Series: The Daevabad Trilogy
Publisher: HarperCollins


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 give The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty one of five hearts because I really didn’t care for the world and the story.

The story world sounds like something where Aladdin would play in. On the cover it sounds like something beautiful, but it never hooked me. It is not that I hated it, but it didn’t draw me in and so I lost interest very quickly and have a hard time remembering what it looked like.

The characters were weird and the names for certain creatures were very confusing. Like how something that I would have called a djinn is called a daeva (which to me again is more of a elf or something). If S.A. Chakraborty used completely new names for these things I would have been fine with it, but when they are existing names you ask for the reader to be confused.

Overall I thought the story was too dense, the sentences were more difficult than they had to be. The world was confusing and forgettable. The romance wasn’t interesting and boring.

This book has beautiful covers, I do have to say. But I don’t judge a book by its cover, but on what’s on the inside. Which makes me have to give it such a low rating.

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