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CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

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I’ve had City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty sitting on my bookshelf for ages and ages. I don’t know why I hadn’t picked it before a few weeks ago. Or maybe I was just waiting for the right time as the third book comes out in June? Yes, I’ll go with that excuse.


The first chapter was harder for me to get into because it felt a little slow, and I didn’t really understand the world or what was going on. However, once I hit the inciting incident, I had a tough time putting the book down. Every event since, good stars, I loved them! I love being surprised by plot twists, so I was happy with what Chakraborty did with those throughout the novel. Great job!


The setting of the story was my favorite part. Chakraborty does an excellent job setting up the world and the lore. Everything was rich and detailed. Mostly, I felt as if I was in the world experiencing everything with the characters. I also hadn’t read many fantasy novels set in various places in the middle east, so immediately, the world-building intrigued me. I also really enjoyed the fact that it was set in the 18th century as it still had a late medieval vibe to it.


Many of the books I find the most engaging are those with incredible characters; City of Brass is one of those. Dara and Nahri. I love them so much. There’s also Ali, who is a fantastic character in his own right. At first, I felt like this book was going to be an Aladdin retelling, which I would have been fine with, but I love the path the characters took to make it NOT that. The rich cultural backdrop and history of the world only deepened the characters further.


Overall, I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a different book in the standard Adult Fantasy realm. The characters, plot, and setting are all well-developed and engaging. Okay, I’m off to read more of Kingdom of Copper!

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