The City of Brass ~ Review

Ali here ~

Title: The City of Brass
Series: The Daevabad Trilogy #1
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Release Date: Nov. 14, 2017
Genres: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction

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…

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Okay. Bear with me, but I’m changing up my reviews. I’m going to see how I like the CAWPILE system. I know a lot of people are using it now. If you’re not already familiar with it, you can find all the details from Book Roast on Booktube HERE. If you aren’t already familiar with Book Roast, you need to check her out. She put together the coolest Magical Readathon!! I shared the new link in which she shares a spreadsheet she created. Y’all know I like to journal, so I created my own pages instead of using a spreadsheet.

From these pages you can pretty much get the gist of how it works. This was a great book for me to start with because I had some serious trouble on how to rate this one. Here’s the journal page I did for it ~

You can see that I had to play around with some of the numbers a little bit until I decided how I wanted to work it out. But, I came up with something I’m happy with. I don’t know if you can read any of that, but these are the notes that I wrote out while deciding on how to rate everything. Here’s some highlights:

  • Characters – I struggled with Nahri and Dara almost the whole first half of the book. I thought they were interesting, but I didn’t feel a connection to them. Once the began approaching Daevabad, everything changed! I fell in love with them and with the introduction of Prince Alizayd. I enjoyed all of the side characters that came into play and thought they were unique and some had very interesting motivations.  I also really enjoyed the connections that took place in the second half immensely. Nahri and Dara seemed so perfect together, and yet I was thinking by the end of the book that she should be with Ali. I loved the dynamics. I also enjoyed the unique villains, and that you sometimes can’t tell who is a villain.
  • Atmosphere – While Nahri was in Cairo, Egypt at the beginning of the book, I found some of the scenes to be interesting but still underwhelming. Once they began to journey to Daevabad it was a wholly different story. I was completely immersed into this new world.
  • Writing – I’m really left wondering if the author’s intention was to make things seem drab and less interesting in Cairo than in the magical world of Daevabad, but it was just too uninteresting in the beginning.
  • Plot – Once the speed began picking up near the middle of the book, the plot became much more interesting. It’s character driven, but the other aspects were done well, too.
  • Intrigue – If you haven’t already figured it out, the first half of the book was interesting, but didn’t leave me begging for more in any way. But, the second half of the book had me sitting in Daevabad begging for more. It went from mediocre to outstanding really quickly.
  • Logic – For the most part I didn’t find any issues. There were only a couple places that I questioned. The first was understanding her birth. I really think my confusion stemmed around the fact that I was listening to an audiobook, though. The other thing that was a definite issue was that there was one scene where the kind acted out of character for me when talking to Alizayd.
  • Enjoyment – The first half was just okay. From there on out I absolutely LOVED it!! I absolutely can’t wait for the next book!

Challenges: Library Love, Popsugar, Wizarding World Tour, 20 in 20, Goodreads

Have you read A City of Brass? Do you plan to? This is one of those books that I almost put down a few times in the beginning, but I’m sooo glad I held out. Have you read any books like that?

Happy Reading,


9 thoughts on “The City of Brass ~ Review

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  3. That’s an interesting way to help write in depth reviews. I have my own system but I confess I don’t often use it. I enjoyed your review and you have me curious about the world this author has built.


  4. I haven’t yet but I would like to! The library has it but its like months out to borrow, lol. I have also never heard of this rating system before.


  5. I’ve seen the Cawpile rating system video and I think it’s a really interesting way to rate as it allows you to go really in depth with your ratings. It might be too complicated for me right now but it was a rating system that I was thinking of trying at some point. Great review! This is on my TBR and I’m hoping to read it for my YARC challenge 😍


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