Book review: City of Brass by SA Chakraborty

I am in love. City of Brass is the first book in the Daevabad trilogy. It’s a low fantasy that starts in Cairo, Egypt in the past. The main character Nahri is a twenty something orphan and she gets by pretending to be a healer. Except she actually can tell when someone is sick and what is wrong with their bodies. She works with an apothecary owned by a kindly Jewish man, sending her clients to buy remedies from him and then she makes a cut. If she herself is injured, her skin will magically heal almost instantly. She has learned to keep her power a secret, until she accidentally calls for a djinn (genie) and discovers that she is much more than just a human. She is half Nahid, a race of magical healers. Dara the djinn reluctantly helps her discover the truth about herself by taking her to Daevabad, the city where most magical races live together, away from the humans.

Prince Alizyad of Daevbad is learning about his kingdom and his people. The city is in conflict because the leading races, the pureblood magical races treat the shafit (half human) as inferior and they are rebelling. Alyzyad believes everyone should be treated equally but he is not the king, and doesn’t have much say. When a surviving Nahid healer is brought to the castle, Aliyzad learns some things about his family history that he didn’t know before. Which makes him begin to question his life even further.

The ending of this book had me screaming. I was so mad that I hadn’t brought book 2 to the cottage with me. But I have decided to wait until July to finish anyways because I need book 3. I think most fantasy fans would enjoy this one, the world building was a little slow and confusing, but the glossary at the back helped. But once you are about halfway into this book, it gets amazing. Dara the djinn is my favourite and then Nahri, her survival instincts have turned her into a strong young woman that doesn’t like to be told what to do and her thirst for knowledge about healing really solidifies her as a strong female lead. I can’t wait to see what happens next for these characters.

Happy Reading!

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