Kingdom of Copper
by Chakraborty, S. A.






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 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.





*Starred Review* Following The City of Brass (2017), Dara has been resurrected, and he is more powerful than ever; prince Ali-banned from Daevabad-discovers his new water abilities; and Nahri has married Ali's brother, the heir apparent of Daevabad, in exchange for a generous dowry. As these three story lines converge, the city of Daevabad remains the crux of conflict. Tensions run high between the pure-bloods and abused half-bloods, and the king maintains "peace" by oppressing those who have already suffered the most. Everyone has ideas about how to fix the city, and as they attempt to do so all at once, the story spirals into a Game of Thrones­-like tale of political intrigue and war, with many shrewd factions vying for power. Chakraborty's deeply thought-out system of race relations and clashing classes mirrors real-world conflicts, making it all the more captivating-and frustrating-as the dream of peace grows more futile. The action scenes-vivid, entrancing, terrifying-will keep readers riveted, especially as enemies shift to allies, allies to friends, friends to enemies. With gorgeous world building, compelling characters, and clashing schemes, the second in Chakraborty's Daevabad trilogy will thrill her many fans. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.





The second installment of Chakraborty's stunningly rendered Middle Eastern fantasy trilogy (The City of Brass, 2017), which can absolutely be read independently of the first book. The setting is Daevabad, a legendary Eastern city protected by impervious magical brass walls and ruled by King Ghassan, whose Geziri ancestors overthrew the Daevas and captured Suleiman's seal, which tempers magic. To this bubbling pot of tensions, the powerful djinn warrior Dara conveyed young Daeva healer Nahri; in the process they developed feelings for one another. Five years later, Nahri has much to ponder. During the tumultuous events with which the previous book culminated, Ghassan's younger son, Ali, whom Nahri considered a friend, killed Dara and defied his father, an act for which he was exiled—a euphemism for "condemned to death." Ghassan forced Nahri to marry Ali's elder brother, Muntadhir; the union is childless thanks to potions Nahri secretly consumes, yet, oddly despite those five years of marriage, the couple seem to know very little about each other. She chafes under the restrictions imposed by the increasingly cruel and arbitrary Ghassan, who's threatened to slaughter the city's Daevas unless she cooperates. So she doesn't know that Ali, with his djinn's ability to survive in the desert and magic conferred by the fearsome water-spirits known as the marid, still lives, nor that Dara has been summoned back to life and now is embroiled in a conspiracy to overthrow the Geziri and reclaim the city for the Daeva. Against the city's richly immersive backdrop of suppressed and often contentious racial, familial, magical, and religious alliances and divides—although Chakraborty tends to forget how bewildering these can be, even with the helpful glossary—the conflicts, ambitions, schemes, and treacheries build powerfully toward what's rapidly becoming the author's trademark: a truly shattering conclusion. As good or better than its predecess o r: promise impressively fulfilled. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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