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The City of Brass

por S. A. Chakraborty

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Séries: The Daevabad Trilogy (1)

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"Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty--an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-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 and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes. For the warrior tells her an extraordinary 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 birds of prey are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In Daevabad, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince dreams of rebellion. 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 to be careful what you wish for"-- "A brilliantly imagined historical fantasy in which a young con artist in eighteenth century Cairo discovers she's the last descendant of a powerful family of djinn healers. With the help of an outcast immortal warrior and a rebellious prince, she must claim her magical birthright in order to prevent a war that threatens to destroy the entire djinn kingdom. Perfect for fans of The Grace of Kings, The Golem and the Jinni, and The Queen of the Tearling"--… (mais)
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Kinda confusing but merman ending so what’s not to like ( )
  salllamander | Feb 11, 2024 |
I love this book. It has been while since I've read a good epic fantasy and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I can't wait for book 2. ( )
  Woodardja | Jan 30, 2024 |
Well-written; fully fleshed characters; imaginative world building; complex social/cultural/personal issues that preclude anyone being all good or all evil. But at the end of the day, it just wasn't my cup of tea. But I can nonetheless recommend it to those whose cup of tea it is. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is book 1 in a very interesting fantasy series with a different background. The two main characters are Nahri, who is a con artist and thief in 18th century Cairo during the French occupation, and Ali the son of a King in the hidden city of Daevabad. Nahri has always had strange abilities, such as picking up languages without even trying and being able to diagnose and even heal illnesses. When she hosts a ceremony to quieten a disturbed girl, supposedly by pacifying a djinn possessing her (which Nahri knows is not the case), she makes the mistake of chanting part of the words in a language which she believes to be the one her unknown parents spoke but has never met anyone else who knows it. Despite her lack of belief in magic, she summons up a powerful djinn, called Dara (for short as his name is much longer), and the girl who is the subject of the ritual becomes possessed by an iffrit , a demonic type of djinn. This creature comes after Nahri, who is apparently a descendent of the Nahdi, a tribe of djinn healers and rulers believed until now to be extinct, and Dara ends up rescuing her despite his anger at her for dragging him from another dimension to serve her.

The other viewpoint character, Ali, is a djinn himself, younger son of the ruler of Daevabad. His tribe converted to Islam, and Ali is a devout believer. His moral standards have led him to provide monetary and other assistance to the downtrodden part-human inhabitants known as shafit, but his good nature has been abused, and the recipients of his largesse are arming themselves against the rulers. Ali is then torn between his loyalty to his family and his compassion for the downtrodden, with tragic results.

The two characters come together after Dara brings Nahri to the city, which is a refuge from the iffrit who cannot enter. A love triangle of sorts develops. I wasn't a fan of that as I didn't think the story really needed it: I could believe an attraction developing between Ali and Nahri due to their common interests, but the relationship with Dara seemed to be a kind of instalove and pure physical attraction. He has a lot of unpleasant character traits including misogyny, racism and a tendency to resort to violence as the answer to conflict.

The worldbuilding in this book is extensive and intricate. It runs the risk of causing confusion at times. There is a lot of backstory about the origin of the six djinn tribes and why they are corporeal and no longer creatures of fire as originally created. Quite often this becomes an infodump. There are unresolved contradictions, such as the original reason for Ali's family being rulers of Daevabad. Their ancestor led a rebellion against the Nahdi, the old rulers, because of the cruelty they inflicted on the shafit - but in the present day, Ali's family use the same brutal methods against the shafit and his father compels Ali to preside over a horrific Nahdi style execution.

The last part of the book is a rollercoaster but it does take a long while to get there and I got a bit tired of Nahri's brattish behaviour once they reached the city and she was supposed to be learning how to heal the Nahdi way. I'm not sure I understood all the nuances: the djinn have relics, items in which part of their soul has been placed, but I think there were also other objects of significance. Some of that went over my head. It was also a bit confusing that the tribe who are still loyal to the Nahdi (and hence Nahri) are called Daeva rather than djinn - it seems djinn was an Arabic word which Ali's family adopted for themselves and other tribes came to do the same. That seemed an unnecessary complication. But I have already purchased book 2 on Kindle because I enjoyed the opening volume - only my reservations held it back from being a 5 star read. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Jan 18, 2024 |
It took a while to get into the book. I was very confused by the different Tribes at first, especially since one of the tribes took the name of the whole Daeva race. The brief description of the tribes at the start of the book tried to be helpful, but wasn't really. I wish it had been more like The Sunbearer Trials and had a brief summary of the creation story at the start, but once I got to that point in the text, it made a lot more sense.

I really enjoyed the action scenes and by the end of the book I was hustling to know what happened next. I found the romance a little annoying, but wasn't surprised by it. I loved Nahri's character growth, and I'm excited to see what happens to her and Ali in the next stories. ( )
  BarnesBookshelf | Jan 10, 2024 |
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At the moment, speculative fiction has an exciting relationship with protest fiction and feminist narratives, and while “The City of Brass” doesn’t blow away cultural notions of difference or reconfigure the male-female divide, it does exploit the genre’s penchant for inclusion. In fact, the novel feels like a friendly hand held out across the world. (I hope very much that it will be translated into Arabic and Farsi.) It reads like an invitation for readers from Baghdad to Fairbanks to meet across impossibly divergent worlds through the shared language and images of the fantastical.
adicionada por melmore | editarNew York Times, Suzanne Joinson (Dec 15, 2017)
 
The expected first-novel flaws—a few character inconsistencies, plot swirls that peter out, the odd patch where the author assumes facts not in evidence—matter little. Best of all, the narrative feels rounded and complete yet poised to deliver still more.

Highly impressive and exceptionally promising.
adicionada por melmore | editarKirkus Reivews (Aug 21, 2017)
 

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"Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty--an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-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 and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes. For the warrior tells her an extraordinary 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 birds of prey are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In Daevabad, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince dreams of rebellion. 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 to be careful what you wish for"-- "A brilliantly imagined historical fantasy in which a young con artist in eighteenth century Cairo discovers she's the last descendant of a powerful family of djinn healers. With the help of an outcast immortal warrior and a rebellious prince, she must claim her magical birthright in order to prevent a war that threatens to destroy the entire djinn kingdom. Perfect for fans of The Grace of Kings, The Golem and the Jinni, and The Queen of the Tearling"--

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