Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Date Started: 02-06-2019
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪.5
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 was reading this book in June as part of the #MythTakeReads book club.
This book is a own voices Muslim Fantasy series. I really enjoyed reading a story from this perspective. I had a really hard time reviewing this book and giving it a rating, initially I thought 3.5 but I think this was mainly down to the fact that I was hitting a reading slump at the time of reading this book.
I have hit a brick wall with fantasy at the moment as that is all I have read over the past 6 months, give or take a few book and I was just coming to a stand still with them. I have tried to read a few different ones on my kindle but I have had to set them a side.
I have settled for 4.5 stars as the story was really good and did keep me wanting to read more once I found motivation with myself to pick it back up again. I really liked the characters. I like the development they took throughout the books. Nahri was a strong willed girl but she was also scared. Dara, the djinn warrior, was an extremely likeable character and I enjoyed the way the friendship developed with the two.
The chapters with Ali, could sometimes be confusing and seem like they jumped around a lot but it didn’t really take away from the story for me as I could still follow what was happening. I found it did pick up towards the end after focusing a lot on the politics within the city and I can’t wait to dive into the next one. I will be doing this at some point this year after I have taken a break from the Fantasy Genre –
If I can
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