city of brass

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 don’t know what made me pick this book up in waterstones, it’s not my usual kind of book. But I am so glad I did, this book had me hooked very early on. I loved the setting, and how they transitioned for one to another. Even given all the conflicts I would love to be able to visit Daevabad. Nahri was a great main character, she was sassy and adapted well. She did not give up on her goals easily and was always looking out for herself.

I have read reviews saying this book is slow. Whilst there is not action on every page it does flow well gives a lot of depth and world building to the story (but not too much in my opinion). I did get confused a few times at the different factions, but I was reading this after long shifts so that might have had something to do with it, (so not going to hold it against the book).

Ali was also a great character, he gave a different side to the story and the dynamics of Daevabad. I thought his views were interesting if not a little niave for his station. It was good to see how he grew throughout the book though.

Dara I was unsure what to make of him, he seemed to change a few times throughout the book and I could not work out which was the real Dara. I am looking forward to see what else we can find out about his history in the next book.

Overall I realy enjoyed this book and am very much looking forward to reading the next one. It is sitting on my coffee table waiting paitenly for me to finish a few ARC’s before diving in.

4 out of 5 stars