The city of brass a novel

by Chakraborty, S. A.

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"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."--Publisher.
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Booklist Review: "Nahri magically heals the sick and instantaneously learns foreign languages, abilities she uses to con Cairo's elite. During one ruse, she accidentally contacts an evil ifrit, and suddenly a smoking hot daeva (he literally emanates smoke and radiates heat) is flying Nahri to Daevabad, claiming she's the last of her race. Meanwhile, in Daevabad, tensions escalate between the daevas (pure-blood djinn) and shafits (half-blood djinn). Prince Ali, a shafit sympathizer, struggles between pledging loyalty to his royal family or to his heartfelt cause. Chakraborty's debut launches into full speed when Ali and Nahri meet. Matched in wits and candidness, they bicker at first, eventually evolving into unlikely allies. Through them, Chakraborty explores timeless issues: Does birth or experience determine a person's nature? How does one realistically help a suppressed group achieve equality? Vibrant djinn lore further complicates these open-ended questions. Vivid descriptions brass buildings, fine fabrics, spicy smells percolate the lush prose, and a final twist leaves room for a sequel. Recommend this scintillating, Middle Eastern fantasy to fans of thoughtful, mystical adventures.--Hyzy, Biz Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The familiar fantasy theme of a young person learning of a hidden supernatural legacy is given new life in this promising debut novel, set in late-18th-century Egypt. Twenty-something Nahri, who has the ability to sense illness in others and to heal some ailments, supports herself as a fortune-teller and con artist in Cairo. Her routine, if precarious, existence, is shattered when a girl she is trying to help is possessed by an ifrit. Nahri only avoids being killed through the intervention of Dara, a djinn, who reveals that Nahri is from a family of magical healers. Chakraborty combines the plot's many surprises with vivid prose ("The cemetery ran along the city's eastern edge, a spine of crumbling bones and rotting tissue where everyone from Cairo's founders to its addicts were buried"), and leavens the action with wry humor. There is enough material here-a feisty, independent lead searching for answers, reminiscent of Star Wars's Rey, and a richly imagined alternate world-to support a potential series. Agent: Jennifer Azantian, Azantian Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Series Chakraborty, S. A.. Daevabad Trilogy ; 1.
#1 - The City of brass
#2 - The Kingdom of copper
Subjects Imaginary places Fiction
Jinn Fiction
Fantasy fiction
Historical fiction
Historical Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Harper Voyager2017
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780062678126
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