The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

Fantasy, 544 pages, published November 14th, 2017

Synopsis: After accidentally summoning a djinn warrior, Nahri decides to travel with him to Daevabad, a city she is drawn to and may hold answers to her past. However, she is not prepared for the tension between tribes and the weight of her powers.

NON-SPOILER REVIEW:

I honestly didn’t know too much about this book when I started it, so I really went in with no expectations. My biggest issue with this book was that I got confused with who people were, and there was no way to figure it out other than to reread portions of the book. There was a glossary in the back, so I would have appreciated a list of characters.

Overall though, I adored the atmosphere of this book! I thought the setting and the magic was super interesting. I honestly felt really immersed in the world while I was reading this book. This was definitely my favorite part.

I really enjoyed that most of the characters were morally gray. Especially with Nahri, I thought I had her pinned down, and then she would do something that I wasn’t expecting. It definitely made the story interesting. I also thought the tension between groups helped with this, because you are seeing and hearing from characters on different sides of the conflict, so nothing is black and white.

I was so into the ending! It was action-packed and shocking, and I think the ripples caused by what happened will be so interesting to see in the rest of the series!

I am pretty excited to read the next book! I think this one did a good job setting up what will come in the remaining books. I do think that I possibly want to reread this book before moving on, because I was that confused about characters and some of the tensions between groups. It definitely won’t be a chore though, since I did really enjoy this book!

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