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Book Review: The City of Brass

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Growing up, most children are read stories before bed of far off lands and the creatures that inhabit them. For Nahri, a con woman who lives in Cario in the 18th century, these fairytale stories become frighteningly true.

While Nahri uses her quick wits and uncanny abilities to survive, she also dips into her abilities to sense illnesses, understand languages and heal those around her.

Everything is going as well as it can in Nahri’s life until she uses these same abilities and accidentally summons a djinn that is equally, or more so, cunning as her. For Narhri to continue to understand her own self, she must travel to Daevabad, the land of her origin, to not only understand her own past, but to make the future and her people one that she is proud of.

The plot

In this new world, Nahri must learn that politics reach not only our mortal realm, but also the mythical. When she learns that she is the long-lost heir to an ancient line of healers, Nahri tries her best to balance her mortal morals along with her newfound immortal ones.

The djinn that she summons, Darrio, has a dark past that he and Nahri have to come face to face with. The love hate relationship between Darrio and Nahri brings the reader on a literary ride to reach the end that they want.

However, this end is never quite what the reader is looking for. With every twist and turn of this novel, which is book one of three in the Daevabad Trilogy Series, the reader is thrown into the political and emotional turmoil that will not be satisfied until hopefully the third book of the trilogy.


The City of Brass was published in November of 2017 and the last book of the trilogy, The Empire of Gold, was published in June 2020.

The mythology of the Middle East is vast and ready to be consumed by the young adult literature audience as Nahri and those around her begin to understand that not everything is as it seems and that we all are warranted to change the world for the better.

By staying true to oneself and the morals that they believe in, people can, and will, completely turn their own worlds upside down in order to do what is right.

Join Nahri and her cast of misfits as they change their world for, hopefully, the better and learn about the vast vault of Middle Eastern Mythology in a way that has never been seen before.

“The City of Brass” by S.A. Chakraborty and its counterparts are available everywhere books are sold. They are also available at various libraries.

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