I loved book 1 form last year! This was a good squeal. It will be interesting to see how it ends…!
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Kingdom Of Copper
by S. A. Chakraborty
Synopsis by NetGalley / GoodReads
Return to Daevabad in the spellbinding sequel to THE CITY OF BRASS.
S. A. Chakraborty continues the sweeping adventure begun in The City of Brass—”the best adult fantasy I’ve read since The Name of the Wind” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir)—conjuring a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any spell, and a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom.
Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe.
Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.
- Character interaction
- The world
I really enjoyed coming back to this magical world of djinns and daevas, their political intrigues, their romantic and not so romantic relationships, the acts of revenge, the hate, the good deeds, and the failed deeds. It’s an intense read. I loved the magic the most.
After book 1, I was a massive Dara and Nahri fan, but after book 2 I’m not so sure…
The story takes place right after the first book and then skips ahead 5 years later. I had heard this before I started as people were quite surprised by it and the comment was everywhere. So I knew it would happen but not how or when. I felt it was well done, and to be honest it felt right. It would have been too much of everything in this book happened right after book 1. the gap felt natural and I liked it. It also added more natural tension that can only be built over time, by doing the 5-year skip the simmering tension makes sense and don’t feel forced.
The world is pretty well built up from book 1, but this book added a lot to it as well. It felt bigger and wider as if it stretched during this book. By the end of the book, I have questions about the world and its creatures which is good.
It’s a well-formed and well-shaped world. It’s detailed and intricate and feels full and rich and inviting. I really want to walk through those streets (with security !) and taste some of that food.
The magic in these books has always been fascinating to me and we got a lot more of it in this book as Nahri find new ways of using her healing abilities, but also at the very end it becomes apparent that the magic is more/less than what it seems…! I still haven’t made up my mind about if the ending added something or took something away.
There were three narrators in this book; Nahri, Ali and Dara
Nahri is a character I liked from page 1 in the first book. Her cunningness and slyness with the core of goodness and equality are truly fascinating and the combination makes a good character to read about. I really enjoy her narrative.
Ali is the naive and narrowminded one who just wants justice and equality for all but doesn’t always play it out in his head before jumping in. I find him a bit too naive but also he isn’t the “obvious naive” and the “annoyingly naive” character, it’s difficult to describe but it’s very well done.
Dara is the enslaved djinn who helped Nahri get to Daevabad in the first book. And who (spoilers from book 1) gets killed at the end of book 1. Now let be honest, there wouldn’t be a book 2 unless Dara was in it…. wink wink nudge nudge.
Yes, a little bit on the side
I love the writing in these books. It’s so well done. She is turning out to be one of my favourite authors.
Very interesting world and magic system, fascinating story and plotline.
Very enjoyable and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy with some cultural elements.
Have you read this? What did you think?