The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
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 a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. 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.
I am in love with this trilogy and with Chakraborty’s writing. Daevabad is so incredibly immersive. Even the distracted way in which I’m forced to read at this time in my life, I have no problem just diving in and feeling like I’m there. I love that she writes characters who are all shades of grey, and presents situations where there might not be a right answer. And these books are so exciting! I can’t remember the last time I stayed up late scrambling to finish a book.
That being said, The Kingdom of Copper did suffer a bit from second-book-syndrome. The character development and plot set up in the first book were so strong that it didn’t leave the second book much to do while still leaving room for book three. The result is that things kind of chase each other in circles and there is lots of repetition. The book could easily have been 200 pages shorter and stayed just as good (if not improved). However, at this point I would read Ali’s accounting reports, I find the whole thing so fascinating.
Overall, if you loved The City of Brass I highly recommend this book! ❤