The following is an honest review of The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of The City of Brass
The City of Brass follows a young girl named Nahri. Nahri lives in Cairo, Egypt where she must survive off of her whit and skills as a con artist and thief. One of the ways she makes money is by pretending to heal people, the only thing is sometimes it actually works. One night while hosting one of her healing parties, she sings a song. It’s one she’s heard before but she can’t remember where. By singing this song, she accidentally ends up summoning a djinn warrior. This warrior tells Nahri who she really is and where she came from, all of which explain the magical healing power she is sometimes able to use. She agrees to allow him to take her to the land of other people who possess magic: Davaevaband. Although this City of Brass possesses all the wealth she could ever wish for, she quickly realizes that everything is not quite as it seems. Not only must she learn how to wield her magical healing powers, she must learn how not to be a pawn in this magical world’s politics.
Review of The City of Brass
This is another fantasy series I have been hearing about for quite sometime. This book reminded me a lot of the An Ember in Ashes series (which I adored) with its Middle Eastern elements. However, An Ember in the Ashes is YA while this is considered Adult and I could definitely tell. This world is a lot more complex and the world building is richer and more involved. All things considered, it was relatively easy to follow and keep up with. I loved the historical elements sprinkled in with this book taking place during the 18th century and the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The characters in this story are deep and well developed and you find yourself either loving or hating them strongly while wanting to learn about them more. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to finish this series. Don’t let the length intimidate you (500+ pages), it is well worth it!
I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
Suggested Age Rating for The City of Brass
This book contains mild language, violence, magical elements, talks of harems/prostitution, and alcohol. I would give this book an age rating of 14+.
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